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Girl's death probe includes cruise line scrutiny



INDIANAPOLIS (AP) – Authorities investigating an 18-month-old Indiana girl's fatal fall from an open window on a cruise ship in Puerto Rico said Thursday they are considering many options including the culpability of the cruise line.

As Chloe Wiegand's family, the toddler's body home to Indiana, Puerto Rico's Public Security Secretary Elmer Román said, "multiple angles" are being looked at in her death, including possible negligence by Royal Caribbean Cruises.

" The result is determined, we will report, "Román said, adding that exploring numerous possibilities is" part of the process "in such investigations.

<p class =" canvas-atom canvas-text Mb (1.0em) Mb (0) – sm Mt (0.8em) – sm "type =" text "content =" Attorney Michael Winkleman has challenged a Puerto Rico police report that Chloe apparently slipped from her grandfather's hands Sunday he think of an 11th-story window on t he Freedom of the Seas. He has said she fell from a window that was inexplicably left open in a children's play area. "Data-response =" 25 "> Attorney Michael Winkleman has challenged a Puerto Rico police report that Chloe apparently slipped from her grandfather's hands Sunday as he thinks out of a 11th-story window on the Freedom of the Seas. He has said she fell from a window that was inexplicably left open in a children's play area.

Winkleman said Chloe's family flew Thursday morning from the US island territory to Fort Lauderdale, Florida and boarded a flight to Chicago with the toddler's body. her two sets of grandparents.

Chloe's father is police officer in nearby South Bend.

"A family with police escort took them to their home in Granger, Indiana. can be grieve as a family d start funeral preparations, "Winkleman said in a statement. "The boundless positive thoughts and prayers they've received have been a hope in this difficult time." Román said he didn't know if the child's parents had been interviewed as part of the investigation, but said they were free to leave Puerto Rico. He said prosecutors have interviewed the grandparents.

The Associated Press left a message Thursday seeking comment from the cruise line.

Winkleman has said the window has been closed securely and that he sees grounds for the family to file a lawsuit against Royal Caribbean Cruises

The cruise line said Wednesday that it is assisting San Juan authorities in their investigation.

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John Rice in Mexico City contributed to this report.

The company called the girl's death a tragic incident in a statement Monday and said it was helping the family.
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