OLATHE, Kan. (WIBW) - No charges will be filed against Chiefs wide receiver Tyreek Hill or his fiancée Crystal Espinal regarding child abuse allegations at their Overland Park home, Johnson County District Attorney Steve Howe announced on Wednesday.
Howe said he believed a crime has been committed, but the evidence of the case doesn't establish who committed it. He said the three-year-old son of Hill and Espinal is safe, but declined to confirm if the child has been removed from their home.
"We are deeply troubled by this situation and are concerned about the health and well being and welfare of the child in question," Howe said at a news conference in Olathe. "We believe that a crime has occurred. However, the evidence in this case does not conclusively establish who committed this crime.
"Criminal cases must be proven beyond a reasonable doubt by admissible evidence, not speculation, rumors or hearsay."
Beyond confirmation of the child's safety, Howe declined to provide many details due to an ongoing investigation by the Department of Children and Families.
He did say the boy was hurt in their home, but couldn't specify the crime. Howe added he is bothered that it can't be determined who committed the crime.
Of course, the NFL is conducting its own investigation and can determine whether to discipline Hill or not. Howe said he has spoken with the league, but not the Chiefs.
"This afternoon, we were informed that Tyreek Hill will not be charged by the Johnson County District Attorney's Office," the Chiefs said in a statement on Wednesday. "Due to the continued investigation by the Department for Children and Families, we will have no further comment at this time."
This all stems from two Overland Park police reports from March that focused on Hill's home. One was for child abuse and neglect, dated March 5, while the other was for battery, dated March 14.
Hill and Espinal's names are listed on the abuse and neglect report. However, only Espinal's is listed on the abuse and battery one.
According to Overland Park Police, the report for abuse and neglect was closed three days later when prosecution was declined.