REPORT: Attorney disputes claim girl was dangled from cruise ship by grandfather

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BY TEAM DML / JULY 9, 2019 /

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MIAMI (AP) — An 18-month-old Indiana girl who fell to her death from the 11th story of a cruise ship in Puerto Rico plunged from a window inexplicably left open in a children’s play area, the family’s attorney said Tuesday.

Police in Puerto Rico had said Monday that Chloe Wiegand apparently slipped from her grandfather’s hands Sunday as he was holding her out of an 11th-floor window on the Freedom of the Seas.

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But Michael Winkleman, a Miami attorney who’s representing the girl’s family, said Tuesday that “the story is not as it had originally been portrayed in the media.”

“The grandfather didn’t drop the child, the child fell due to an open glass pane that should have been closed securely,” he said in a statement.

“Chloe’s grandfather lifted her, believing the window was closed, and ‘she was gone in an instant,'” KRIS 6 News tweeted. (see below)

“The 18-month-old girl was playing with her grandfather in a dining hall on deck 11 of the Freedom of the Seas, a Port Authority spokesman said,” CNN tweeted. “The dining area has large windows, and one pane was open.”

“Winkleman said he was retained by the family on Monday to ‘set the record straight,'” Nine News Gold Coast tweeted. “As he describes it, the toddler’s tragic death is unlike many of the original reports circling the internet.”

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