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Grandfather charged in toddler's cruise ship death pleads guilty

Grandfather pleads guilty in death of Chloe Wiegand, who fell from Royal Caribbean cruise ship

The grandfather who was accused of accidentally dropping his 18-month-old granddaughter from the 11th deck of Royal Caribbean's Freedom of the Seas has changed his plea to guilty.

Salvatore “Sam” Anello agreed to a plea deal.  He was charged with negligent homicide in October, alleging that he dropped his granddaughter, Chloe Wiegand, from an open window on the 11th floor of the cruise ship in July.

“This decision was an incredibly difficult one for Sam and the family, but because the plea agreement includes no jail time and no admission of facts, it was decided the plea deal is in the best interests of the family,” his attorney Michael Winkleman said in a statement obtained by CNN.

Other reports say that Anello will be sentenced to probation and he will be able to serve out his sentence from his home in Indiana.

The family's lawyer indicated the change in plea will not change his client's lawsuit against Royal Caribbean.