An Indiana toddler, allegedly suspended by his grandfather, dies after diving to over 150 feet of a cruise ship: report

A toddler died after diving more than 150 meters from a cruise ship while his grandfather was hanging at the window.

The 18-month-old girl slipped off her arms and fell from the 11th floor of Royal Caribbean's Freedom of the Seas.

A toddler from Indiana died aboard the Royal Caribbean's Freedom of the Seas ship over the weekend.

A toddler from Indiana died aboard the Royal Caribbean's Freedom of the Seas ship over the weekend.
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It is believed that the child fell on the concrete below while the ship was moored in San Juan, Puerto Rico.

The tot was transported to the hospital around 16:30. local time yesterday.

She was pronounced dead soon after.

According to Primer Hora's local website, the girl was from Indiana and on vacation with her parents and grandparents.

The police opened an investigation and monitored the vessel under video surveillance as well as to interrogate the passengers.

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The detectives have not yet interviewed the girl's family, but the police said that they thought the incident was a tragic accident.

Elmer Román, from the local Department of Public Security, said: "The police have opened an investigation and are monitoring the vessel under video surveillance.

"At present (the Division of) homicide is in place. It has not been possible to interview the family.

"It's a very strong scene, very sad and tragic.

"At one point, one of his grandparents … in a game act, exposes the girl to emptiness and falls from his hands."


The boat has a height of about 210 feet and the 11th floor will have been about 150 feet above ground level when the boat was moored.

It carries approximately 4,000 passengers and completed a seven-day cruise to the Caribbean islands of South Antigua, St. Lucia and Barbados at the time of the tragedy.

Royal Caribbean has been contacted for a comment.

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