Grandfather pleads guilty in case of toddler’s fatal fall on cruise ship

Salvatore “Sam” Anello pleaded guilty to negligent homicide in the tragic death of his 18-month-old granddaughter, who, in July 2019, fell from a cruise ship window Anello believed was closed.
1:49 | 10/16/20

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Next tonight here, the grandfather and his guilty plea in the tragic death of a toddler aboard a cruise ship. A wrenching turn for a family from Indiana tonight. The 18-month-old child falling to her death. He is said he did not realize the window was open. Here's erielle reshef. Reporter: Tonight, the grandfather who lost grip of his 18-month-old granddaughter on a cruise ship, making the gut-wrenching decision, pleading guilty to negligent homicide in her death, saying he just wants to help end part of this nightmare for his family. Sam Anello, holding little Chloe Wiegand when she plummeted from this 11th floor royal caribbean cruise ship window in San Juan, Puerto Rico, in July of 2019. To lose our baby this way is just unfathomable. Reporter: The toddler's parents standing by her grandfather. Anello always maintaining it was a grave accident, that he didn't realize the ship's window was open. I sit here broken. We all sit here broken, but our family is strong and we will stay strong together. Reporter: But unreleased surveillance video seen by ABC news appears to show anelle look through the open window. Anello picks up Chloe and they appear to lean over together before she disappears from frame. Tonight, the family's attorney telling ABC news, "Because the plea agreement includes no jail time and no admission of facts, it was decided the plea deal is in the best interests of the family, so that they can close this horrible chapter and turn their focus to mourning Chloe." And David, Chloe's family is suing royal caribbean for negligence and while the cruise line is disputing that lawsuit, tonight, they say their thoughts are with Chloe's family during this difficult time. All right, erielle reshef. Erielle, thank you.

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