Randy Robinson is upset and sad that charges against Fort Myers Police Officer Tyler Williams were dropped. Williams failed to report child neglect of his three-year-old daughter by her mother and she died a month later.
Drugs were found in Leslie Zeagler’s car next to Zeagler and Robinson’s daughter, Serenity Rose Robinson. “That’s a preloaded heroin syringe in it,” court video pointed out.
Instead of reporting Zeagler to the Department of Children ad Families during a traffic stop in January, Williams allowed her to leave. Monday charges against him were dismissed.
“So obviously he didn’t do the right thing,” Robinson said. “And I think the justice system has really let my daughter down let me down and let me down.”
The reason this matters so much to Robinson? His young daughter died just a month later when Zeagler crashed her car while high on drugs. He wants Williams held accountable.
“There was heroin, needles with heroin, meth all this in the car with my daughter and you’re telling me that that’s not grounds to call DCF? That’s crazy!” Ray said.
For now, Williams is on paid administrative leave. But, with the possible criminal charges dropped, this could mean a return for Williams to the Fort Myers Police Department.
“Could be up to counseling or reprimand up to termination so it just really depends on the facts,” Deputy Chief Jeffrey Meyers.
But Robinson says he’s not blaming Williams for his daughter’s death but, does think he should be held accountable for his part. “I’m not blaming him for her death because that’s her mama,” he said. “You know her mom did that. Nobody else did it but he could’ve, if he would’ve done what he was supposed to do my baby would be here.”
FMPD will conduct an internal investigation to determine Officer Williams’s future.