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Grandfather To Plead Guilty In Toddler Cruise Ship Death

the Royal Caribbean Cruises’ Freedom
The Puerto Rico Department of Public Safety
BuzzFeed News

Salvatore "Sam" Anello
Amber Jamieson
Chloe Wiegand
Puerto Rican
Michael Winkleman

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Puerto Rico
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(Winkleman is not representing Anello in his criminal charges but is representing the family in a civil lawsuit against Royal Caribbean.)"This decision was an incredibly difficult one for Sam and the family, but 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," said Winkleman, "and turn their focus to mourning Chloe and fighting for cruise passenger safety by raising awareness about the need for all common carriers to adhere to window fall prevention laws designed to protect children from falling from windows."The Freedom of the Seas cruise ship.The Puerto Rico Department of Public Safety has not yet responded to a request for comment, but Winkleman said Anello will serve his probation in Indiana.The grandfather has always insisted he did not know the window was open when he lifted his granddaughter up to it, and that he had wanted her to bang on the glass like she did during her older brother's hockey games."From my point of view, at the moment the accident happened, it was as if this wall of protective glass disappeared," wrote Anello in an emotional statement about how his granddaughter's death has changed his life.

As said here by Amber Jamieson