A judge in Puerto Rico ordered the arrest of Salvatore Anello on Monday, Oct. 28, 2019, after prosecutors submitted evidence saying that Chloe Wiegand fell from Royal Caribbean's Freedom of the Seas cruise ship when Anello raised her up to an open window.
Chloe's parents, Alan and Kimberly Wiegand, said they didn't understand why there would be an open window so high up on the ship and the cruise line created "a tremendous safety hazard that cost our child her life".
18-month-old Chloe, who fell to her death from the window of a cruise ship docked in San Juan, Puerto Rico, in July.
In a statement to Newsweek, Royal Caribbean said: "This was a tragic incident, and out of respect for the family's privacy, we refer you to authorities for further comment".
Anello was kept on bail at $80,000 and, according to The Associated Press, is scheduled to appear next in court November 20.
Before he could save her, the little girl fell through the open window and died immediately upon hitting the concrete below. Kimberly and Alan, meanwhile, are still holding the cruise company responsible for their child's death and thinking about taking legal action.
"Clearly this was a tragic accident and the family's singular goal remains for something like this to never happen again", Winkleman said in a statement.
"He was extremely hysterical", Chloe's mother Kimberly previously told US Today show.
Anello was released from custody in the Puerto Rican capital of San Juan on an $80,000 bond, a spokeswoman for Puerto Rico's justice department said Tuesday. Winkleman said that Chloe's grandfather was unaware that it was open. "At no point ever, ever has Sal ever put our kids in danger". That tore me because I know that he believes that. "She was his best friend".
"There are a million things that could've been done to make that safer", the "devastated" mum said.
But the family says that he was unaware that the window was open, and Wiegand slipped through, falling 11 stories to the deck below. "To lose our baby this way is just unfathomable".