Grandfather Sam Anello, who dropped toddler from cruise ship, pleads guilty to homicide

Grandfather Sam Anello, who dropped toddler from cruise ship, pleads guilty to homicide


The Indiana grandfather accused of fatally dropping his 18-month-old granddaughter from an 11th-floor cruise ship window pleaded guilty to negligent homicide.

Salvatore “Sam” Anello admitted blame in the July 2019 death of Chloe Wiegand after she fell roughly 150-feet from an open window as she slipped from his hands on a Royal Caribbean ship docked in San Juan, Puerto Rico.

The 51-year-old grandpa said earlier this year that he planned to change his earlier not guilty plea to end “this nightmare” for his family.

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His lawyer Michael Winkleman said that the plea would be made in exchange for a no-jail-time sentence. Anello — who is set to be sentenced on Dec. 10 — is expected to serve a term of probation from his South Bend, Indiana, home.

“We have found justice for Chloe,” Puerto Rico prosecutor Laura Hernández said.

“This decision was an incredibly difficult one for Sam and the family, but because the plea agreement includes no jail

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