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Reporter: Dannielle Garcia
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Former Fort Myers police officer Tyler Williams is close to getting his job back after getting fired for failing to report child endangerment to DCF. (CREDIT: WINK News)

A deal is in the works for a fired police officer to return to the Fort Myers Police Department.

Tyler Williams was fired after failing to report what he saw during a traffic stop: drugs, needles, and a sleeping girl in the backseat of a vehicle.

Three months later, 3-year-old Serenity Robbins died when her mother was driving under the influence and crashed.

Williams was arrested in June of 2020 for not reporting the child to DCF but the criminal charges were dismissed by a judge.

In February, an internal affairs investigation found Williams violated department policy and the Fort Myers Police Department fired him.

During the January 2020 traffic stop, Williams let the child’s mother go with a warning.

Serenity’s father came forward after her death and asked Fort Myers police why Williams didn’t do more during the traffic stop.

At the time of Williams’ arrest, Fort Myers Police Chief Derrick Diggs said, “Officer Tyler Williams failed in his duty to protect a young child.”

The police union is now close to getting Williams his job back.

“The Union and the Agency are working together toward a potential resolution that could be beneficial to all parties,” the union said.

WINK News reached out to Serenity’s father but did not hear back.

Williams’ father told WINK News that this entire ordeal has been a nightmare for his son.

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