Chloe Wiegand’s grandfather changes plea

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Family of Chloe Wiegand announces lawsuit against Royal Caribbean/ Photo courtesy of ABC 57 News

The Michiana grandfather accused of dropping his granddaughter from a cruise ship window will change his plea to guilty. Salvatore Anello was previously charged with negligent homicide following the death of Chloe Wiegand back in July. ABC 57 News reports Anello decided to change his plea one day after declining his right to a jury trial.

The family’s attorney says the decision was a difficult one for Anello and the family, but because the plea agreement includes no jail time and no admission of facts, it was decided the deal was in the best interest of the family so they can go back to focusing on mourning Chloe. Anello initially alleged that he did not know the window was open on the Royal Carribean ship when Wiegand was dropped from the 11th floor.

The cruise line alleges that Anello leaned out the window before he picked up the little girl and lifted her over a railing.

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