‘Screams’: Baby ‘dropped’ 46m on cruise
THESE are the first pictures of the toddler who plunged 46m to her death after allegedly being dangled out the window by her grandad.
Kimberley Schultz Wiegand from Indiana, US, was heard "screaming in pain" as her 18-month-old daughter fell from the 11th floor of the Royal Caribbean cruise ship, The Sun reports.
The child is believed to have fallen on to concrete below while the ship was docked in San Juan, Puerto Rico.
The grandfather has been named as Salvatorre Anello, according to ABC.
Fellow travellers revealed they heard the heartbroken parent wailing in agony in the wake of the tragedy.
A nearby passenger told Telemundo PR: "We heard the screams of the families because we were close. A cry of pain of that nature does not compare with any other cry."
Police have now launched an investigation and are trawling CCTV of the ship as well as interviewing passengers.
In a statement sent to news.com.au, a spokesperson for Royal Caribbean said they were "deeply saddened" by the tragic incident.
"Our hearts go out to the family," the statement read.
"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."
The tot was rushed to hospital at around 4.30pm local time yesterday.
She was pronounced dead a short time later.
According to the local Primer Hora website, the girl was from Indiana, US, and on holiday with her parents and grandparents.
Devastated, Kimberley posted pictures of her and her little girl on Facebook.
Friends and family paid tribute, leaving comments like: "Sweet angel. Praying for you and your family Kim."
Another wrote: "You are loved. Praying for you and your family. I'm so sorry."
The girl's family has not yet been quizzed by detectives, but police have said they believe the incident is a tragic accident.
Elmer Román, of the local Department of Public Security, said: "Police have now launched an investigation and are trawling CCTV of the ship.
"At this time (the Division of) Homicide is in place. It has not been possible to interview the family.
"It is a very strong scene, very sad and tragic.
"At one point, one of her grandparents ... in an act of games, exposes the girl to the void and (she) falls out of his hands."
The boat has a height of around 64m, and the 11th floor would have been around 46m above land level when the vessel was docked.
It holds around 4000 passengers and was ending a seven-day Southern Caribbean cruise of Antigua, St Lucia and Barbados at the time of the tragedy.