Grandfather Pleads Guilty to Cruise Ship Toddler Death, Won't Serve Time

Grandfather Pleads Guilty to Cruise Ship Toddler Death, Won't Serve Time


The northern Indiana man who held his granddaughter when she fell from a Royal Caribbean cruise ship has pleaded guilty on Thursday to negligent homicide in connection with the toddler’s death.

The ship was docked in San Juan, Puerto Rico, in July 2019, when the toddler, Chloe Wiegand, fell through an 11-story window while under the care of her grandfather, Salvatore Anello.

Puerto Rican authorities charged Anello, who also goes by Sam, in 2019 with negligent homicide in connection with Chloe’s death. Anello initially pleaded not guilty, but changed his mind in February to plead guilty so his family could move on from the tragedy.

The Puerto Rican Department of Justice announced Thursday that a judge accepted Anello’s plea.

[ Comunicado de Prensa ] Salvatore Anello hace alegación de culpabilidad por homicidio negligente de la menor Chloe Wiegand @Justicia_PR .@PRPDNoticias pic.twitter.com/Kvmk4vBred

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— Departamento de Justicia de Puerto Rico (@Justicia_PR)

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