Grandfather of toddler who died in cruise ship fall to change plea to guilty

The grandfather of the 18-month-old toddler who fell to her death on a Royal Caribbean cruise ship said he plans to change his plea to guilty.

In a statement released on Tuesday, Salvatore Anello said he’ll plead guilty in a Puerto Rico court to negligent homicide to allow his family to move on from the tragedy that occurred on July 7 while in San Juan.

“I took a plea deal today to try to help end part of this nightmare for my family, if possible,” Anello said in the statement, following a family attorney announcing his intention to change his original not guilty plea.

The Wiegand family’s lawyer, Michael Winkleman, told NBC News that Anello, 51, filed paperwork to change his plea for a settlement that included no jail time.

“The support they continue to give me has been beyond overwhelming and I can’t tell you how grateful I am for them,” his statement continued. He added that justice for his granddaughter should include more safety measures on Freedom of the Seas, the cruise ship the family was on at the time of Chloe’s death.

“We need to make sure nothing like this will ever happen to another precious baby, or anyone else for that matter, ever again.”

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