Grandfather charged in granddaughter’s cruise ship death accepts plea deal


The child fell to her death on a Royal Caribbean cruise.

The grandfather is accused of abandoning his granddaughter from the 11th floor window of the boat docked in Puerto Rico last year to accept a plea agreement.

El Salvador Anello has released his 18-month-old granddaughter Chloe Wiegand to a wood railing on the Royal Caribbean ocean free when the child fell to her death.

Defence counsel Jose Perez told ABC News last week, Anello don’t want a plea agreement, he said,”he is firm that he is innocent.”

Anello, however, agreed to change his plea to guilty to put this question, lawyer Michael Winkleman said.

“This decision is an incredibly difficult one for Sam and the family, but because of a plea agreement includes no jail time and no recognition of the fact that the decision of the plea agreement in the best interests of the family, so that they can close this terrible Chapter, and open their focus, in tribute to the memory of Chloe and the Battle of the cruise ship passenger safety,”Winkleman said.

Chloe, who is disabled with her parents from their home in Indiana, is with her grandfather in the children’s water Park play area, her grandfather put her in the wood on the railings, which is in front of a wall of glass Windows, according to Winkleman.

Winkleman said the grandfather put Chloe on the railing think she will explode the glass. However, the window is open, she is”gone,”Winkleman said, in July, called Chloe’s death a”tragic accident was preventable.”

The family hope to raise awareness of the need for all common carriers comply with window fall prevention law, to prevent similar falls, Winkleman said.

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