New surveillance video shown to CBS News reveals the final moments before an 18-month-old girl fell to her death off a Royal Caribbean cruise ship.
Video shows that the grandfather of Chloe Wiegand was ‘unquestionably’ aware that he was dangling the toddler out of an open window before she plunged to her death from the 11th deck of a cruise ship, a new court filing alleges.
Royal Caribbean Cruises’ filing in U.S. District Court in Miami comes in response to a lawsuit Chloe’s parents filed in December, accusing the operator of negligence in her death by allowing an 11th floor window in the ship´s children’s play area to be open.
The filing says that surveillance video shows that grandfather Salvatore Anello leaned out of the open window holding the toddler and dangling her for 34 seconds before losing his grip and dropping her.
Royal Caribbean says grandfather Salvatore Anello would only have had to use his ‘basic senses’ to appreciate the danger this posed to 18-month-old Chloe, who died instantly when she landed on a concrete dock in San Juan, Puerto Rico on July 7.
‘There was no ‘hidden danger – Mr Anello knew the window was open,’ the cruise operator boldly states in court documents.
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