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There are new charges being brought against the grandfather of a 1-year-old girl who fell to her death from an 11th story window on a cruise ship this past July. Authorities are charging Salvatore Anello with negligent homicide after prosecutors argued that his granddaughter, Chloe Wiegand, 18 months, fell and died after he lifted her up to an open window on the cruise ship. Anello says he thought that the window was closed when he lifted her next to the window but instead she fell 11 stories onto the concrete below on a Royal Caribbean cruise ship that was docked in San Juan back on July 7.
Salvatore Anello is facing three years in prison for the death of 1-year-old Wiegand after Puerto Rico’s Justice Department ordered his arrest this past Monday. They argue that he negligently exposed his granddaughter to the open window.
Wiegand was on vacation with her dad, a South Bend, Indiana, police officer, her mother, siblings and both sets of grandparents on the Royal Caribbean’s Freedom of the Seas cruise ship. The family has been crushed by the news and at this time has stood by Anello’s story that he didn’t know that the window was open. According to the family, he often held up his granddaughter next to the glass at her older brother’s hockey game so she could bang on it.
“Chloe wanted to bang on the glass like she always did at her older brothers’ hockey games,” Michael Winkleman, an attorney for Wiegand’s parents said in a July statement. “Her grandfather thought there was glass just like everywhere else, but there was not, and she was gone in an instant.”
Winkleman told NBC News that the new charges being put forward have only made the situation worse. He describes the morale within the family as “fractured” after Anello’s arrest.
“The family is crushed. Utterly crushed,” Winkleman said. “I think they were doing their best to really start the process of grieving for the months since the incident since the tragedy happened and I think they were really doing their best to keep it together for their 11-year-old son.”
The grandfather has vehemently denied any and all accusations of wrongdoing to his granddaughter. The family lawyer has called for more warnings or even a sign to notify people of the open window near the play area.
“I think the critical problem there was that there are strict safety regulations that are in place that are literally designed to protect against exactly that incident, which is a toddler falling through an open glass window,” Winkleman said. “Those are primarily, you could have a screen, you could have some type of grid. Or more importantly, windows in that type of a situation aren’t even supposed to open more than 4 inches.”
While video evidence has yet to be seen by the family, they are holding Royal Caribbean responsible for their daughter’s death. Winkleman told NBC News on Tuesday that the family has no reason to not believe Anello’s story. Winklemam says that the family intends to pursue a lawsuit against the cruise line.
“We know what Sam’s version of the events were, and I have no reason to doubt what he said,” Winkleman said. “Having said that, a picture is worth a thousand words and a video is worth 10,000 words.”
Kimberly, the girl’s mother, previously told NBC’s “Today” that “I never want another mother to have to experience this or to see what I had to see or to scream how I had to scream.”
“I didn’t know that she went out a window,” Kimberley said. “And I just kept saying, ‘Take me to my baby. Where’s my baby?’ I didn’t even notice a window. I ran over there and I looked over and it wasn’t water down there, it was concrete. To lose our baby this way is just unfathomable.”
Royal Caribbean released a statement Tuesday that Weigand’s death was a “tragic incident” and is referring questions over to authorities “out of respect for the family’s privacy.”
Anello is being held on an $80,000 bond and is scheduled to appear in court on November 20.
We’ve seen countless of true crime stories in which families are horrifically killed in their homes. Whether they were killed in an accident, or while being robbed, there’s just no way to make sense of these awful crimes. What makes these crimes worse is when someone close to the family commits the crime against their loved ones. That’s what family and friends are dealing with this week in San Diego — now that a suspect has been arrested in connection with a fatal crime against an entire family.
San Diego Police have arrested 26-year-old Wilber Romero in connection to a house fire that killed his father, mother, and sister.
On Oct. 13, just before 5 a.m., a house fire tore through the home of the Romero family in Logan Heights in San Diego, California. Initially, only one person pronounced dead at the scene. The rest of the family members were taken to the hospital.
In the end, the Romero family lost their 44-year-old Jose Antonio Romero, his wife 46-year-old Nicalasa Maya-Romero, and their daughter, 21-year-old sister Iris “Krystal” Romero. Another younger brother, 16-year-old Angel, and sister 23-year-old Wendy remain in the hospital, but both are expected to be released soon.
Their eldest son, Wilber, escaped the fire unharmed and was interviewed by news outlets in which he said he tried to rescue his family. He also denied any involvement in the crime.
“My dogs were jumping on me, trying to wake me up. I woke up. When I woke up, my bed was on fire,” Wilber said to ABC10. “I jumped out of bed and started screaming the house is on fire.”
A day after investigators interviewed him, Wilber said that he didn’t have anything to do with the fire that killed his mother, father, and sister. He said he would have never committed such a crime against his own family. “You can lock me up, but you’re not going to take me in for me to say this: ‘I did it,'” he said directly into the camera in an interview with CBS8. “I’m not going to say it because I didn’t do it.”
Witnesses also say they saw people trying to escape the house, but the windows had protective bars on them. The flames were too intense for anyone to go inside to help the family.
Iris “Krystal” Romero, 21, died days later in the hospital due to her sustained injuries. According to new reports, Krystal used herself as a shield to protect her younger brother. Wendy Romero survived the fire but is in critical condition in the hospital. Media reports say that she tried to break free with so much intent that she broke her fingers.
“I thought it was like a scary movie,” Jamie Felix, a family friend who witnessed the fire, told a local NBC News affiliate. “I thought it was a nightmare, honestly. I’m just like, ‘This is not real. This is not really happening.'” Wilber seemed to be lucky to have survived the fire unharmed.
The Greater Antioch Church of God In Christ, which is located next to the Romero home, held a vigil for the family even though they did not attend the church. Wilber was also in attendance and according to NBC News San Diego, he thanked everyone for their support. However, police now say he is the lead suspect in the crime after investigators questioned him.
Wilber is now facing charges of arson, first-degree murder and attempted first-degree murder.
“It’s tragic,” Lauren Garibay, a family friend, told the San Diego Tribune. “Right now, we are wrapping our heads around it. It’s unbelievable.”
Over the weekend, family and friends gathered in front of the Romero home to raise money for funeral costs and the orphaned children with car wash fundraisers. They have also launched a Gofundme account and are asking for $30,000. So far, they have almost $17,000.
“I donated because my heart breaks for the surviving family members and I pray the Lord gives them the strength to get through the days ahead by His love and the love of the people around them,” a commenter wrote on their Gofundme age.
News reports say the Romero family had lived in San Diego for 15 years and are originally from Guerrero, Mexico.
“They’re good people. Like everybody around the neighborhood knows them. They’re, like, known around here. They’re just decent, good, regular human being people,” their neighbor Jamie Felix told NBC News San Diego.
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