Daughter Of Indiana Police Officer Dies In Fall From 11th Story Of Cruise Ship

South Bend Police Officer Alan Wiegand's 18-month-old daughter fell 150 feet to her death.

San Juan, PR – The 18-month-old daughter of an Indiana police officer fell to her death from the 11th story of a cruise ship on Sunday afternoon.

The tragic incident occurred as the Royal Caribbean ship “Freedom of the Seas” was docked at Panamerican dock II in the capitol city of San Juan, according to WTVJ.

Initial reports indicated that the toddler fell after her maternal grandfather, Salvatore Anello, lost his grip while holding the child out of a window, the South Bend Tribune reported.

But on Monday, a Port Authority spokesperson explained that the little girl was playing in the 11th deck dining hall area with her grandfather, and that she fell through an open large window pane.

The spokesperson said Anello had sat the baby on the window ledge prior to the accident, and that she fell out the open window after he lost his balance.

“Sadly, she died on impact,” the spokesperson said, according to the South Bend Tribune.

The baby girl is the daughter of South Bend Police Officer Alan Wiegand.

She was on a weeklong Caribbean cruise with her parents, two siblings, and all four of her grandparents when the incident occurred.

The family will remain in Puerto Rico until the investigation is complete, South Bend Police Sergeant Nelson Sotelo said.

He said that the family is “in shock,” and that they are working with police and trying to find security footage to help aid the investigation.

"The South Bend Police Department offers its sincerest condolences to officer Wiegand and his family during this difficult time following the tragic loss of their child while in Puerto Rico," the South Bend Police Department (SBPD) said in a statement. "The department asks the community to pray for the entire Wiegand family as they grieve and to respect their privacy."

Royal Caribbean Cruises said that the little girl’s death was a tragedy.

“We are deeply saddened by yesterday’s tragic incident, and our hearts go out to the family,” the company said in a statement to WXIN. “We’ve made our Care Team available to assist the family with any resources they need. Out of respect for their privacy, we do not plan to comment further on the incident.”

Comments (25)
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Buzz17
Buzz17

Many, many prayers for Officer Wiegand's family & friends & fellow officers at this extremely tragic time! The loss of a child causes unspeakable trauma to the family, as our family knows. They're going to need a lot of support of every kind to be able to begin to heal. Keeping them in our prayers.

Burgers Allday
Burgers Allday

We recently had a case here at Blue Lives Matter where the father said that the baby fell, but investigators decided it was murder. There was a compromise plea bargain of battery. Maybe the Puerto Rican investigators will find a similar thing here. Best to await results of their investigation.

maymay22
maymay22

Burgers Allday, remind me not to tell you if I ever get diagnosed with cancer so you can then tell me about all the people you've known who have died of cancer! What a horrible shit you are!

reverett456117502
reverett456117502

Can you imagine how her Grandfather feels? I'm only guessing he was holding her so she could see out better and probably "acting up" so the child would laugh. These are the types of incidents which cause families to break up. Although horrific, let's hope this is nothing more than an accident, a horrific accident. Thoughts & prayers with the family of Officer Wiegand........

tfort
tfort

Who places a baby on the ledge of an open window that is 11 stories high? There is going to be more to this before it’s over...... I am sure mom and dad already have that lawyer ready to go after that lotto paycheck.

KTCSon-shine
KTCSon-shine

The Burgers All Day person has some serious pathology. It’s obvious he says things to incite and anger. But truly... who would/ could keep it up with each response, unless something were terribly wrong with him? His negativity is the game he plays. The best advice I would say is Don’t Feed The Troll. Each response back to him is his “pay.” He gets his kicks this way. What a sad life.

IseeWhereThisIsGoing
IseeWhereThisIsGoing

My prayers go out to Officer Wiegand and his entire family on their loss.

I hate even appear to agree with our resident trolls, but who lets an 18 month old anywhere near an open window 11 stories up? or holds them out the window? or lets them sit on the ledge? something seems very wrong with this entire situation...

new2lv2
new2lv2

Couldn't agree more.

FGPD4653
FGPD4653

This is horrible and the family has our prayers.

My only disappointment is the chief making a statement on what happened. He wasn't there, and he should do exactly what every Chief always asks... wait for the investigation to finish.