Toddler dies after fall from cruise ship in Puerto Rico


SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Authorities say a toddler apparently slipped from her grandfather’s hands and fell to her death from a cruise ship docked in Puerto Rico.

Police said Monday that the grandfather of the 1-year-old girl from Indiana told officers he lost his grip while holding her outside a window on the 11th story of the Freedom of the Seas. He was identified as Salvatorre Anello, of Valparaiso, Indiana.

Police say the girl was traveling with her parents, two siblings and two sets of grandparents.

The police chief of South Bend, Indiana, confirmed–and it was also posted on the police department’s social media– that the girl was the daughter of one of their officers, NBC reported.

The incident occurred Sunday afternoon at the Panamerican dock in the capital of San Juan.

Royal Caribbean Cruises called it a tragic incident and said they were helping the family. They declined additional comment.

No further details were released. The investigation is ongoing. The child’s family will stay in San Juan until authorities complete their work.

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