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Salvatore Anello Biography
Salvatore Anello, grandfather of the 18-month-old girl who fell from an open window on a Royal Caribbean cruise ship in San Juan, Puerto Rico, said he plans to plead guilty so his family can start moving on.
Salvatore Anello Age
He is 51 years old.
Chloe Wiegand Death
18-month-old granddaughter Chloe Wiegand fell to her death from the window of a cruise ship in Puerto Rico last year and will plead guilty to wrongful death. Salvatore Anello initially pleaded not guilty, but according to his criminal defense attorney José Pérez, he was offered a deal that saves him from going to jail and having to admit the facts of the case alleged by prosecutors.
Anello is expected to be paroled and served in Indiana. In a statement to “CBS This Morning,” he said: “I accepted a deal to help end part of this nightmare for my family, if possible.”
Anello was on vacation with his family last July aboard Royal Caribbean’s Freedom of the Seas when he dropped Chloe out of a ship’s window while he was docked in San Juan.
Surveillance video, obtained by CBS News, showed the moments before Chloe fell out the window. She is seen running towards a group of windows and Anello follows her. He leans over a railing to look out and then reaches down, picks Chloe up and holds her over the railing. He then falls 150 feet.
“The moment the accident happened, it was like this wall of protective glass disappeared,” Anello said in his statement. “He was completely in disbelief… he wasn’t drinking and he wasn’t hanging her out of a window. I just wanted to hit the glass with her like we did together so many times before … I was put in charge of keeping my beautiful granddaughter safe and I failed. ”
Footage from the past shows Anello at a hockey game, holding Chloe against the glass, which, according to the family’s attorney, is proof that he, in fact, had done it before.
In an interview with CBS News correspondent David Begnaud last year, Anello said that nothing prosecutors do to him could be worse than the guilt he already lives with.
“He is inconsequential because what already happened is so horrible,” he said, but he added that he did not want his family to take him to jail “because they don’t want that.”
Anello is requesting a new court date in Puerto Rico, where he will appear before a judge who will have to sign the agreement with the prosecution.
Attorney Michael Winkleman, who represents Chloe’s parents, said the trial has been difficult for the family. They had previously begged prosecutors not to charge Anello.
“With the crime chapter closed, they can really cry as a family,” Winkleman said. “And then he set his sights on… continuing to raise awareness about the dangers that took Chloe’s life, so that this doesn’t happen to another child.
Chloe’s parents filed a civil lawsuit against Royal Caribbean, alleging that the cruise ship did not meet industry safety standards. The company denies that claim.