Chloe Wiegand's family, in a lawsuit they announced Wednesday in IN two days before what would have been Chloe's second birthday, says the window out of which the 18-month-old fell 11 stories to her death should never have been open. Chloe's parents, Kimberly and Alan Weigand, meanwhile, have begged prosecutors not to convict Sam as they go forward with their lawsuit against Royal Caribbean.
The Wiegands are seeking an unspecified amount of damages for their daughter's death.
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"Royal Caribbean played a major role in the death of our child", Kim Wiegand said. "It is 10 times worse than you can imagine".
And in November it was reported that there is video evidence supporting the family's claim that Mr Anello was unaware the window was open - a potential bombshell for both the case against her distraught grandad and the family's Royal Caribbean suit.
"I sit here broken, and we all sit here broken, but our family is strong and we will stay strong together", he said.
"The crux of the complaint is essentially that this was an unsafe wall of glass that shouldn't have been there within feet of a children's play area", attorney Michael Winkleman said during the news conference in IN, where the family lives. Since the incident, Royal Caribbean has called Chloe's death nothing more than a freak accident, something the family strongly disagrees with.
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In the suit filed in federal court in Miami, they say the cruise line failed to "provide reasonably safe children entertainment areas", failed to "adequately mark the open windows", and failed to "install safety prevention devices on windows", among other grievances. Picture: Lipcon, Margulies, Alsina Winkleman, P.A.
The lawsuit says Chloe was with her mother in a children's water park area on the pool's 11th deck, and that when the mother had to go attend to another matter, Anello came to supervise the child.
The little girl died after Anello put her on a railing so she could bang on glass - but she instead slipped from his arms and fell through an open window pane, plummeting around 150 feet onto a pier below, according to the 21-page lawsuit.
If convicted, the charge carries a maximum sentence of three years in prison.
Anello maintains his innocence and has a court appearance scheduled for December 17.
"My client thought that the window was closed", Ortiz said.
Chloe's parents have maintained the cruise line is at fault.
The press conference will be held at the Fraternal Order of Police in South Bend, a source close to Winkleman told The Post.
The wharves board also voted to enter into a memorandum of understanding that requires the port to pay the city $300,000 annually, along with additional fees, if more than 600,000 people travel through the new cruise terminal in a single year.