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Video shows that the grandfather of Chloe Wiegand was 'unquestionably' aware that he was dangling the toddler out of an open window before she plunged to her death from the 11th deck of a cruise ship, a new court filing alleges.
Royal Caribbean Cruises' filing in U.S. District Court in Miami comes in response to a lawsuit Chloe's parents filed in December, accusing the operator of negligence in her death by allowing an 11th floor window in the ship´s children's play area to be open.
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The filing says that surveillance video shows that grandfather Salvatore Anello leaned out of the open window holding the toddler and dangling her for 34 seconds before losing his grip and dropping her.
Royal Caribbean says grandfather Salvatore Anello would only have had to use his 'basic senses' to appreciate the danger this posed to 18-month-old Chloe, who died instantly when she landed on a concrete dock in San Juan, Puerto Rico on July 7.
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'There was no 'hidden danger - Mr Anello knew the window was open,' the cruise operator boldly states in court documents.
Anello has been charged with criminal neglect by Puerto Rican authorities for allegedly dropping Chloe from the side of the Freedom of the Seas ship.
Chloe - Parents - Alan - Kimberly - Wiegand
But Chloe's parents Alan and Kimberly Wiegand countered with a multi-million dollar negligence suit last month that blames Royal Caribbean for failing to install safety devices or warning signs on a waist-height glass window that Anello says he didn't realize was slid wide open.
Filing a motion to dismiss the case on Wednesday, Royal Caribbean LTD said it could no longer 'limit its expressions to those of sympathy and support.'
Months - Accusations - Wiegands - Attorneys - Press
'After months of bearing false and inaccurate accusations, from the Wiegands' attorneys through the press, RCL now faces the legally mandated task of responding to a lawsuit the Wiegands' attorneys...
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