Family Blames Cruise Ship For Toddler's Death

By Bill Galluccio

July 9, 2019

The family of a toddler who fell to her death aboard a cruise ship in Puerto Rico is blaming Royal Caribbean for the tragic accident. One-year-old Chloe Wiegand was in a child's play area with her family when her grandfather picked her up and placed her on the edge of a window. He did not realize the window was open, and Chloe fell to her death.

"Essentially her grandfather lifts her up and puts her on a railing and where he thinks that there is glass there because it's clear, but it turns out there was no glass there," the family's attorney, Michael Winkleman told Today. "She goes to bang on the glass like she would have at one of those hockey rinks, and the next thing you know, she's gone."

Winkleman says that the crew should have known better than to "leave a window open in an entire glass wall full of windows in a kids area?"

"I mean, why would you have that kind of a hidden danger without any warning, without any sign, without any notice?"

Royal Caribbean issued a brief statement saying they are "deeply saddened" for the family's loss.

"We've made our Care Team available to assist the family with any resources they need," the company said. "Out of respect for their privacy, we do not plan to comment further on the incident."

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