OLATHE, Kan. — Johnson County prosecutors have declined to press charges against Tyreek Hill or his fiancee, Crystal Espinal, in regard to a criminal investigation involving their 3-year-old son.
Johnson County District Attorney Steve Howe announced Wednesday afternoon that after Overland Park police and Department of Children and Families investigated, they handed over their report to Howe’s office.
Howe said he was “deeply troubled” by the situation.
The Johnson County DA went on to say he believes a crime occurred, but there wasn’t conclusive evidence to determine who committed that crime.
“As a prosecutor, as a father of four kids, it frustrates me when there is a child hurt, and you can’t do anything about it,” Howe said.
He said the child was injured, but could not provide any details about what happened because the case involves a child.
“Minor children have even greater protection when dealing with the criminal justice system,” he said.
Although he would not confirm that Hill`s son has been removed from the home, Howe said the 3-year-old is safe and is being taken care of.
“The criminal investigation is concluded. The child protection investigation will continue,” he said.
Howe said the NFL has tried to contact his office but he hasn’t replied. He said the league will be under the same rules as media regarding privacy. Minor children have greater protections, and records will likely be sealed.
The Chiefs released the following statement just after 7 p.m. Wednesday:
“This afternoon we were informed that Tyreek Hill will not be charged by the Johnson County District Attorney’s Office. Due to the continued investigation by the Department for Children and Families, we will have no further comment at this time.”
Even without criminal charges, the NFL could still take action against Hill under the personal conduct policy. The policy states that players could be subject to discipline if they engage in conduct that posed a genuine danger to the safety and well-being of another person.
Overland Park police went to Hill’s home to investigate domestic issues twice in March. In the first police visit, both Hill and Espinal were listed in the “others involved” section. In the second police report, Espinal was the only person listed in the “others involved” section.
Hill and Espinal then attended multiple sessions of family court for a “child in need of care” case earlier this month.
Watch Howe’s full news conference in the video player below.