Devastated grandfather of toddler who died falling from his arms on cruise ship arrives in Chicago

Mail Online | 7/11/2019 | Ben Ashford In San Juan, Puerto Rico, For Dailymail.com
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The doting grandfather who was holding an Indiana toddler moments before her fatal plunge from the side of a cruise ship jetted back to the US today - after failing to give a witness statement to Puerto Rican investigators.

Chloe Weigand was being supervised by maternal grandfather Salvatore 'Sam' Anello when she plummeted from the 11th deck of the Freedom of the Seas as it docked in San Juan on Sunday.

Anello - Charges - Homicide - Appointment - Wednesday

Anello - who could yet face charges of homicide or neglect - attended a pre-arranged appointment on Wednesday at the island's Ministry of Justice accompanied by a criminal attorney from San Juan.

But an official from the justice department told DailyMail.com that, on the advice of his lawyer, the elderly IT worker from Valparaiso, Indiana, left the ministry later that day without giving an official statement.

Authorities - Arrests - Chloe - Death - Nothing

Puerto Rican authorities have not made any arrests over Chloe's death and legally there was nothing they could do to keep the family there once her body was released to them on Wednesday for repatriation.

Anello and his wife Patricia flew out early this morning and were seen looking drained and anguished as they arrived at Chicago O'Hare Airport this afternoon.

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Alan Weigand, a 40-year-old police officer with the South Bend Police Department, and his attorney wife Kimberly, 36, were flying back to the US on a different flight.

A hearse and a police escort were due to meet them to escort Chloe's body back to their hometown of Granger, Indiana.

Couple - Justice - Department - Officials - Tuesday

The couple had met with Justice Department officials on Tuesday and similarly refused to give witness statements, claiming they were on a different part of the ship when Chloe fell and didn't see anything.

DailyMail.com can reveal they were also then given the opportunity to view a 'high quality' video of their daughter's final moments captured from an onboard camera...
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