Video seems to show grandfather knew window was open before young child’s fall

A video has been released which shows the grandfather of 18-month-old Chloe Wiegand pop his head out of a window of cruise ship Freedom of the Seas (IMO 9304033) and then dangle her over its ledge — contradicting his claim that he did not know the window was open before she fell to her death, reports the New York Post.

The video shows grandfather Salvatore Anello put his head out the window for eight seconds before picking up Chloe from the ground, according to court papers filed by Royal Caribbean, which is seeking dismissal of the Wiegand family’s lawsuit over the child’s death last July.

Royal Caribbean said the video shows Anello lifting his granddaughter over the wooden rail to the open window for approximately 34 seconds, at which time she unfortunately fell. When he arrived at the open window, and while Chloe is on the floor, Mr. Anello leaned his upper-torso over the wooden railing and out of the window frame for approximately eight seconds. Royal Caribbean said that the only reasonable conclusion from the video was that Mr. Anello knew the window was open before picking up Chloe.

Anello has repeatedly denied knowing the window was open — insisting he picked up Chloe so she could bang on the glass as she would at her older brother’s hockey games. Anello also was facing criminal charges in Puerto Rico, where prosecutors have charged him with negligent homicide in the child’s death.

The child’s family has taken legal action against Royal Caribbean, arguing that the company failed to protect her and other holidaymakers from potentially dangerous open windows while the ship was docked in San Juan, Puerto Rico.

2006-built, Bahamas-flagged, 155,889 gt Freedom Of The Seas is owned by Freedom Of The Seas Inc care of manager Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd of Miami, Florida, USA. It is entered with Gard P&I Club on behalf of Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd.