Family Demands Answers From Cruise Line After Tragic Death Of Toddler | NBC Nightly News

Family Demands Answers From Cruise Line After Tragic Death Of Toddler | NBC Nightly News

tonight the family of one-year-old Chloe Wiggin is disputing initial accounts from police that she slipped there were grandfather's hands I do think that there is gonna be blame on the cruise line and I will do everything I can to hold them accountable for what appears to me to be negligence police in San Juan Puerto Rico say she fell Sunday from an eleven story window of Royal Caribbean's Freedom of the Seas landing on a dock the family attorney Michael Winkleman now says Chloe's grandfather Sam had placed her on a railing by a window but had no idea it was open the toddler was used to pressing up against glass back home watching her brother's hockey games why in the world would you leave a window open in an entire glass wall full of windows in a kids area why would you have that kind of a hidden danger without any warning today Royal Caribbean said it's assisting local authorities but not specifically comment on any allegations of possible negligence in a previous written statement the cruise line said it's deeply saddened by the tragic accident the Wiegand family remains in Puerto Rico meanwhile back home in South Bend Indiana where Chloe's father as a police officer the community is raising money for them even though that's not immediate family it's still our family so a part of our heart breaks just as much as anybody else's what was supposed to be an unforgettable family vacation now an unthinkable loss Gabe Gutierrez NBC News NBC News fans thanks for checking out our youtube channel subscribe by clicking on that button down here and click on any of the videos over here to watch the latest interviews show highlights and digital exclusives thanks for watching

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  1. O.M.G.!! The pain and grieving of this family is immense – to lose a child this young and beloved, is like losing all hope for the future!

    Then, having Royal Carribean cruise lines attempting to avoid any liability for maintaining unsafe children's nursery room conditions, by releasing untruthful statements of grandpa's pending arrest, only doubles their hurt and pain!

    Of course the family sought legal assistsnce at that point! Wouldn't you?

    R.C. offered no condolences or explanation for why they allowed those conditions in an active children's sitting room! It could have happened at any point to anyone's child, dropped off there for babysitting services! Grandpa just happened to stick around after she was checked in and most family had left for a tour, just to spend a little more time with his grandchild! There were numerous other children, who were only minimally supervised, and within easy climbing reach of this dangerous 11th story open-air window in that nursery!!

    But WHY*? *WHY leave 1 open window, along an entire wall of other windows, wide open – with active, running, climbing, and playing children in the room? There's still no answers to this from R.C.! Or, why they endangered all the other children, too,, who were there for sitting services, as well?

    While it's true, a lawsuit will not return their precious child, nor relieve their grief one iota! But it will force Royal Carribean to examine and answer critical safety questions honestly, and openly. And it may perhaps prevent this type of carelessness from creating the dangerous conditions which took their child's young life. And hopefully, will prevent the taking of another young life of a precious child from the loving arms of any other family, ever again!

    My sympathy goes out to this family for all the pain and anguish they've endured! Hoping they can find solace and peace within their hearts someday! R.I.P. Baby girl! 💐🌹👼🏼👣❤

  2. I get the feeling that he was probably intoxicated and noticed one of the windows was open, so he brought the baby over the railing to feel the strong breeze and see the ocean, then accidentally dropped her. If my theory is true, he should be charged with child endangerment (possibly while under the influence), and involuntary manslaughter.

  3. Well so sad. Nothing you can blame, blame on the grandfather who did not watch the child and let her slip on his hand

  4. In the end this family should apologize to all on the cruise. Can you imagine having that as a vacation memory. Family is at fault and I do feel for them but quit placing the blame on someone else. Was there alcohol or drugs involved and why place a small child on railing. She easily could have looked out from the floor. Also banging on glass just neglectful. All glass is dangerous. Horrible tragedy that was preventable.

  5. Demand answers? Both the family and the lawyer are filth! You know if the window is open on a ship! They delayed everyone else and should be sued, not the cruise ship company

  6. I have been on this ship multiple times.  The windows have a mild UV protection on them.  They are not crystal clear, they have a tint.

  7. Truly awful for this poor family. However, I don't understand why you would take an 18-month-old toddler on a cruise in the first place. Cruises are meant for adults, unless it's a Disney cruise. AND THEY'RE DANGEROUS. People fall, people die, people get violently ill. And they're basically floating bars. You're surrounded by drunk people 24/7. Tragic.

  8. Nvr teach a child that it’s ok to stand or lean against glass. And especially not at a screen. I used to tell my kids that the window will give way.

  9. the answer is to watch your kids and be aware of your surroundings. it didn't take them long to find a lawyer or maybe the lawyer found them

  10. Neglect of her adult supervision is at fault no lawsuit can bring back victim or cover grandpa negligence caretaking.

  11. No! why in the world would a sane adult hold a child to the window? He didn't realize it was open? than he wasn't a responsible adult. Sorry for the loss of life.

  12. This is what is wrong with our society! Everyone MUST sue someone else in order to get rich and place the blame on someone other than the person who caused the problem!

  13. Sorry, granddad is at fault. Ship cruise windows are not the same as stadium windows. Besides, he was holding her up. He held her, he let her go. They stayed in Puerto Rico instead of going home??? I guess that vacation is much more important.

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