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Puerto Rico Cruise Ship Death

The Freedom of the Seas cruise ship is docked in 2006 in Bayonne, N.J. Police in Puerto Rico say on July 7 a toddler apparently slipped from her grandfather's hands and fell to her death on this cruise ship, Freedom of the Seas, while docked in Puerto Rico. 

GRANGER, Ind. — Police officers were among the mourners at the funeral of an 18-month-old Indiana girl who fell to her death from a cruise ship docked in Puerto Rico.

Chloe Wiegand died July 7 when she fell through an open 11th-story window on the Freedom of the Seas cruise ship.

WSBT-TV reported that police officers, each carrying a carnation, attended Chloe's funeral Monday in Granger, Indiana. Her father is an officer in nearby South Bend.

Attorney Michael Winkleman said the family is grateful for the "heartfelt warmth and compassion" shown by community members, which has helped them "tremendously through this difficult time." 

"Chloe was such a positive and bright spirit, and in her brief life, she touched so many," Winkleman said in a statement to The Times Tuesday. "That is Chloe's legacy."  

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Winkleman has challenged a Puerto Rico police statement that she apparently slipped from her grandfather's hands as he held her out of the window.

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Winkleman said she plunged from the window that had inexplicably been left open in a children's play area.

Royal Caribbean Cruises has called her death a tragic incident.

Times Staff Writer Olivia Heersink and The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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