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Grandad drops toddler to her death from cruise ship

Tribute: Kimberley Schultz Wiegand shared a
picture of her with her 19-month-old daughter

A TODDLER fell 150ft to her death after her grandfather accidentally dropped her out of a cruise ship window, it was claimed yesterday.

The 19-month-old girl was playing with Salvatore Anello on the 11th floor pool deck of the Freedom Of The Seas when he reportedly slipped and let go of her.

She landed on the dockside in San Juan, Puerto Rico, and was taken to hospital but died shortly afterwards.

‘Lost his grip’: Salvatore Anello

The girl, from Indiana, US, was said to be on holiday with her parents, her brother and both sets of grandparents.

She has not been named but ABC News identified Mr Anello as her grandfather. Her parents were named in US media as police officer Alan Wiegand and his wife Kimberley Schultz Wiegand, from Indiana.

Mrs Wiegand posted a series of photos of herself with her daughter on Facebook as a tribute.

Fellow passengers told how they were alerted by the mother’s screams. One said: ‘A scream of pain of that nature does not compare with any other scream.’

Emergency services were called shortly after 4.25pm local time. The cruise ship eventually sailed six hours later for a seven-day tour of the Caribbean.

Royal Caribbean, which operates the ship, said: ‘We are deeply saddened by yesterday’s tragic incident and our hearts go out to the family. We have made our care team available to assist the family with any resources they need.’

Elmer Roman, from San Juan’s Department of Public Security, said the homicide division is investigating.

He said: ‘It’s a very grave scene. [It would appear] one of the grandfathers was playing with the little girl, lifted her out of the open window and lost his grip.’