The family of a 1-year-old girl who died after falling from more than 10 storeys from a cruise ship in Puerto Rico says it was not the grandfather who mistakenly dropped her as earlier alleged.
Instead, Michael Winkleman, an attorney hired by the family said : “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.”
“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.”
The attorney said the little girl enjoyed being by windows to see what was happening adding that the Royal Caribbean should have known better.
“Why in the world would you leave a window open in an entire glass wall full of windows in a kid’s area?” he said.
“I mean, why would you have that kind of a hidden danger without any warning, without any sign, without any notice?”
Initial reports from police indicated Chloe Wiegand fell out of her grandfather’s arms from aboard the Royal Caribbean’s Freedom of the Seas.
Royal Caribbean did not mention any allegations of negligence, saying it is “deeply saddened” and “our hearts go out to the family.”