Report: Tyreek Hill temporarily loses custody of son during battery investigation

Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Tyreek Hill and his fiancée Crystal Espinal have temporarily lost custody of their 3-year-old son as officials investigate allegations of child abuse, KCTV5 reports.

Police have been investigating an alleged battery incident in the couple’s home on March 14 that lists a juvenile as the alleged victim on an Overland Park, Kansas police report.

The Kansas City Star reported at the time that the couple’s son was the alleged victim.

Multiple reports of violence in Hill’s home

Hill was not listed in the March 14 police report. Espinal, who is pregnant with twins, was listed as "others involved.” Hill has not been charged with a crime.

Police also investigated a child abuse allegation in the couple’s home filed on March 5 but declined to press charges three days later. Hill’s name was listed on that report.

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Report: Hill involved in ‘child in need of care’ case

FOX4KC reported on Thursday that Hill is going through a “child in need of care” case in family court. The report states that Hill was in court on Wednesday and had made several other appearances.

The Johnson County department of corrections lists a 13-point criteria that could define a “child in need of care” on its website. Point 3 of the list reads that a child who “has been physically, mentally or emotionally abused or neglected or sexually abused” qualifies as a child in need of care.

Other points addressed include child neglect, abandonment and truancy.

Hill was at courthouse with fiancée

KCTV5 cites multiple sources confirming that Hill lost custody of his son and approached Hill as he entered the Johnson County court house on two separate occasions since April 5.

Hill declined comment to KCTV5 on April 5 and again on Wednesday when asked about his son while seen at the court house with Espinal.

KCTV5 also reports that the NFL has requested documents about the Hill investigation from local police.

Hill’s violent past

Hill has an abusive past in his relationship with Espinal. Hill pleaded guilty to domestic battery in Stillwater, Oklahoma in 2014, an incident where Hill choked and punched Espinal. She was eight weeks pregnant with their son at the time.

Hill escaped jail time because of the guilty plea. The charges were dismissed in 2018 after he completed an anger management course and a 52-week batterer’s intervention program.

Then Chiefs selected Hill in the fifth round of the 2016 draft after he entered his guilty plea on those charges. He has made the Pro Bowl in each of his three seasons with the Chiefs.

Hill showed up to Chiefs voluntary workout

Hill reported to Chiefs offseason workouts this week. Head coach Andy Reid was brief in addressing the investigation on Monday.

“There has been no new news on it,” Reid said. “And so I’m gonna leave it at that. I have had a chance to say hello to him, and he was in the meeting [today]. ...

“He's here off of what we know. We're full steam ahead."

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