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Royal Caribbean is sued by family of toddler who fell to her death from cruise-ship window

Devoun Cetoute, Miami Herald on

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MIAMI -- Chloe Wiegand was 18 months old when she plummeted 11 stories to her death on Royal Caribbean's Freedom of the Seas in July.

Three months later, Puerto Rican law enforcement authorities charged Chloe's grandfather with her death. The family adamantly said it was an accident.

Now, the family has sued Royal Caribbean in a civil suit, alleging the Miami cruise line is responsible for Chloe's death.

Alan Wiegand and Kimberly Schultz-Wiegand, Chloe's parents, filed the lawsuit in federal court in Miami on Wednesday, claiming general negligence, negligent failure to maintain, and negligent failure to warn.

The suit seeks damages and a jury trial.

According to the suit, this is what happened to Chloe:


On July 7, she and her family were on Royal Caribbean's Freedom of the Seas while it was docked in San Juan, Puerto Rico. After having lunch, Chloe and her mom changed into swimsuits and went up to the H20 Zone on Deck 11.

About an hour into playing at the on-board water park, the mother switched off with Sam Anello, Chloe's grandpa, to watch the 18-month-old.

Shortly after, Chloe walked over to a nearby wall of glass, followed closely by Anello, the lawsuit says.

But this wasn't an ordinary glass wall.


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