Chiefs wide receiver Tyreek Hill and his fiancée Crystal Espinal have temporarily lost custody of their 3-year-old son as a result of an investigation into child abuse allegations, according to KCTV5 News.
The ruling comes after police have investigated an alleged battery incident in the couple’s home from March 14. A police report lists a juvenile as the alleged victim, and the Kansas City Star reported in March that Hill’s son was believed to be the victim and suffered a broken arm at some point.
Hill, who has recently made several court appearances and was in court Wednesday, is going through an emergency hearing as part of a “child in need of care” (CINC) case, according to FOX4KC.
The Johnson County court website described a “child in need of care” case as follows:
“…The court must determine if the child is ‘in need of care’ (meaning, that the child is without proper care or supervision, or has been abused, or is truant, or other statutory reasons). If the court finds the child to be a CINC, the court has tremendous authority to make orders for the child and family. The court may order the child and parents to obtain counseling or treatment. The court may order the child placed in the custody of a relative or in state custody.”
The Johnson County Department of Corrections defines a “child in need of care” as one who “has been physically, mentally or emotionally abused or neglected or sexually abused.” Neglected, abandonment and truancy also qualify as reasons a child would need care.
According to the Kansas City Star, citing a letter that an NFL representative sent to the Overland Park Police Department, the league is aware of the situation and sought records from police connected to “recent child abuse complaints involving the parents Crystal Espinal and Tyreek Hill as it relates to alleged injuries sustained by the couple’s minor child.”
The letter, sent March 12 in between a pair of police reports related to Hill’s situation, stated the NFL was “reviewing this incident to evaluate whether a violation of the NFL personal conduct policy occurred related to a complaint or arrest involving an NFL employee, in this case, Mr. Hill.”
Police haven’t made any arrests and no charges have been filed relating to these incidents, ProFootballTalk notes.