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    Royal Caribbean says video shows grandfather knew window was open before dropping toddler

    Video at the link showing very clearly he knew the window was open (even though in an interview he said he didn't). He just decided to dangle her out the window for whatever reason and loses his grip.
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    Royal Caribbean is seeking to dismiss a lawsuit over the death of 18-month-old Chloe Wiegand, who fell from an 11-story window aboard one of its ships in July. The cruise line said in a motion to dismiss that the actions of Chloe's grandfather are "the sole reason why Chloe is no longer with her parents."

    Chloe's grandfather, Sam Anello, says he picked up his granddaughter and leaned her against what he believed to be a closed window. Royal Caribbean says in a motion to dismiss that CCTV footage shows Anello leaning out of the window before picking up Chloe.

    "When he arrives at the open window, and while Chloe is on the floor, Mr. Anello leans his upper-torso over the wooden railing and out of the window frame for approximately eight seconds," reads the motion to dismiss, which was filed on January 8. "Because Mr. Anello had himself leaned out the window, he was well aware that the window was open..."

    Cruise ship death: Royal Caribbean says video shows grandfather knew window was open, seeks to dismiss lawsuit - CBS News

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    It's very possible he did it as fun not expecting to lose his grip....remember Michael Jackson doing it to one of his kids and the outcry

    Human guilty conscience will also try to shift blame - either way it's a horrible thing to happen and he must find it hard to live with what happened

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cardinal TT View Post
    It's very possible he did it as fun not expecting to lose his grip....remember Michael Jackson doing it to one of his kids and the outcry
    Yeah. That's exactly what happened IMO.

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    Being a grandfather this I can't reason or fathom to any degree. It's horrifying.

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    Saw that (updated) story on the Evening News last night, and the first thing I thought was: "Was he drunk?!"

    I've heard of how tipsy some of the "Guests" can get on those cruises, and just wondered if he had been drinking..

    How on earth does a "Step-Grandfather" think that's a "fun" way to play with a toddler - at a cruise ship window that's 11 stories high???

    Broke my heart!

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