The mother of the toddler who fell 11 floors from Royal Caribbean’s Freedom of the Seas said she plans to sue the cruise line in an interview, which was broadcasted on America’s NBC “Today” show.
Kimberley Wiegand said that there are “a million things” the cruise company could have done to prevent the death of her 18-month old daughter and said she will be seeking compensation from Royal Caribbean for “not having a safer situation on the 11thfloor of that cruise ship.”
“I never want another mother to have to experience this or to see what I had to see or to scream how I had to scream,” she told NBC.
The toddler fell to her death onto a concrete pier in San Juan earlier this month when according to the Puerto Rico police report, she slipped from her grandfather’s arms.
Salvatore Anello reportedly sat his granddaughter on the railing of an open window while the family were in the outdoor dining area on the ship. It is believed he was playing a game when she slipped from his arms and fell out of the window.
But Michael Winkleman, the family’s attorney has challenged the report and said Chloe fell from a window that was inexplicably left open in a children’s play area.
Company officials noted that Royal Caribbean is cooperating in the investigation.
“We are deeply saddened by this incident and our hearts go out to the family. We have assisted the authorities in San Juan with their inquiries and they are the appropriate people to address further questions,” the cruise line said in a statement to NBC.