No criminal charges for Chiefs Tyreek Hill in child abuse investigation
Kansas City Chiefs' player Tyreek Hill will not face any criminal charges in connection with child abuse allegations involving his three-year-old son,
The Kansas City-based CBS affiliate says the police investigation into what happened to the boy is officially closed. The Kansas City Star quoted Hill's attorney, Trey Pettlon, saying it was his "understanding the criminal investigation has been closed for quite some time now."
The NFL had been waiting on the results of their investigation before deciding what action it should take in regards to the suspended wide receiver, while the Chiefs have been waiting on the League.
An investigation by the Kansas Dept. of Children and Families is still ongoing.
In April, Johnson County District Attorney Steve Howe had reopened a domestic violence investigation involving suspended wide receiver Tyreek Hill after KCTV5 released audio of a phone call in which Hill and his fiancee, Crystal Espinal, discuss injuries to their son.
Police were called to Hill’s home twice in March and determined the child had been injured. Howe originally said he would not file charges against Hill or Espinal even though his office believed a crime had occurred . He said available evidence didn’t establish who had hurt the child.
Several media outlets reported that Overland Park police went to the Hill home on Thursday night after receiving an anonymous call from someone worried about Espinal. According to the reports, Espinal was fine and officers were at the home for only a short time.
The Chiefs have suspended Hill while the team looks into the developments. The NFL could also punish Hill under its personal conduct policy.
A day later, KCTV5 aired part of an 11-minute audio file in which Espinal tells Hill earlier this year that when the boy was asked about his injured arm he replied: “Daddy did it.”
Hill denied any role in what happened to the child, saying: “He says Daddy does a lot of things.”
Espinal also tells Hill their son is “terrified of you.”
Hill replies, “You need to be terrified of me, too, b-----.”
Later, Espinal asks Hill, “What do you do when the child is bad? You make him open up his arms and you punch him in the chest.”