Grandad pleads guilty to dropping granddaughter from cruise ship

In the death of his granddaughter, a grandfather pleaded guilty to charges after the 18-month-old fell 45 m from a cruise ship ‘s window last year.

In the death of Chloe Wiegand on Thursday, Salvatore Anello pleaded guilty to negligent homicide, NBC reported.

On July 7 , 2019, when he picked her up so she could knock on the window like she did at her brother’s hockey games, the grandfather was responsible for watching his granddaughter.

As the ship was docked in San Juan, Puerto Rico, the little toddler dropped through a window opening that could slide open.

She fell down 11 decks, 45 metres from the window of the cruise ship, and died.

In Puerto Rico, Anello pleaded guilty on Thursday, the South Bend Tribune reported.

Although the family did not want Anello to face charges, NBC confirmed that family lawyer Michael Winkleman said in a statement that the plea would allow the family to move forward.

Mr. Winkleman said: “It was decided the plea deal is in the best interests of the family so that they can close this horrible chapter.”

The deal ensures that Anello will not serve prison time, Mr. Winkleman said, NBC said.

In his home state of Indiana, Anello will be allowed to serve probation, his attorney said.

On December 10, the grandfather will be convicted, NBC announced.

Anello pleaded not guilty last July and, in December, refused a plea bargain.

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