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An Indiana man, accused of dropping his granddaughter from the 11th-floor window of a cruise ship docked in Puerto Rico in 2019, declined his right to a jury trial on 24 February 2020.

News articles by The Washington Post and ABC7 San Francisco support the statement.

News articles by The Washington Post and ABC7 San Francisco support the statement.According to The Washington Post article dated 26 February 2020, a man named Salvatore Anello was holding his granddaughter, Chloe Wiegand, when she slipped from his grasp and fell about 150 feet to her death from an open 11th-floor window on a Royal Caribbean Cruises ship in July 2019. Anello's lawyer said that he had refused his right to a jury trial with a negligent homicide charge at a court in San Juan, Puerto Rico. He says that Anello had pleaded guilty and that he would face bench trial.

According to the ABC7 News article, Salvatore Anello's attorney said that Anello had changed his plea to guilty because he felt doing so would make his family concentrate on mourning Chloe and fight for cruise passenger safety. The article also states that his attorney had filed the change of plea on 25 February 2020.

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