A toddler who fell to her death from a cruise ship in Puerto Rico is the daughter of South Bend, Ind., police officer Alan Wiegand.
Authorities say the ship was docked Sunday afternoon at the Panamerican dock in San Juan when the 18-month-old girl fell from the 11th story of the Royal Caribbean ship Freedom of the Seas.
Initial media reports from San Juan indicted that the girl's grandfather, Salvatore Anello, lost his grip while holding the girl. CNN, however, reported Monday that a spokesman for the local Port Authority said the girl was playing with her grandfather in a dining hall on the 11th deck. The dining area has large windows, and one pane was open.
The grandfather sat the girl in the window and lost his balance, and the girl fell to her death. "Sadly, she died on impact," CNN quoted the spokesman, Jose Carmona, as saying.
"The South Bend Police Department offers its sincerest condolences to officer Wiegand and his family during this difficult time following the tragic loss of their child while in Puerto Rico," the department said in a statement. "The department asks the community to pray for the entire Wiegand family as they grieve and to respect their privacy."
Royal Caribbean Cruises called the event a tragic incident and said it was helping the family. The company declined additional comment.
A San Juan newspaper quoted Elmer Roman of the Puerto Rican Department of Public Security as saying, "It's a very grave scene, very regrettable and tragic."
The newspaper, Primera Hora, also reported that authorities were still interviewing the girl's family members and were trying to locate security camera footage to help with the investigation.
Police Sgt. Nelson Sotelo told The Associated Press that the family of the child will remain in the U.S. territory until the investigation is complete. He said officers have not been able to interview any relatives yet.
"They're in shock," he said.
Sotelo said the grandfather is from Valparaiso, Ind., and the rest of the family is from Granger, Ind.
Authorities said the girl was traveling with her parents, two siblings and two sets of grandparents aboard the Freedom of the Seas, which docked in Puerto Rico on Sunday after a weeklong trip through the Caribbean. The death occurred Sunday afternoon.
A Royal Carribbean Cruises spokeswoman said the ship departed Puerto Rico on Monday for St. Maarten on a new itinerary and declined further comment.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.