CHICAGO (CBS) — A federal judge has ruled that Royal Caribbean is not responsible for the death of a South Bend toddler.
Eighteen-month-old Chloe Wiegand died in July 2019 on Royal Caribbean’s Freedom of the Seas cruise ship, which was docked in San Juan, Puerto Rico. Her grandfather, Salvatore Anello, was holding the girl near an open window when she fell 11 stories.READ MORE: 1-Year-Old Boy, 19-Year-Old Man Shot In Gary, Indiana
Anello and his attorneys have said he didn’t know the window was open when he lifted Chloe up so she could bang on the glass in a children’s play area, much like she used to do at her brother’s hockey games.
Chloe’s parents sued Royal Caribbean, saying there was no reason for the window to be open near a child’s play area.READ MORE: Law To Allow Permanent No-Contact Orders In Sex Convictions
But a federal judge in Miami tossed the lawsuit, arguing the girl’s death was her grandfather’s fault, not the cruise line’s.Arab Americans in Illinois Will Finally Be Counted When They Get Their Vaccine
He is currently serving probation in Indiana.