Tyreek Hill’s son removed from parents’ custody amid battery, abuse investigation

Kansas City Star

The 3-year-old son of Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Tyreek Hill recently was removed from the custody of Hill and the boy’s mother, sources have told The Star.

That development comes a month after news surfaced that Overland Park police took two reports at Hill’s Johnson County home, one for battery and the other for child abuse and neglect.

The police reports, dated March 5 and March 14, both involved a juvenile. It isn’t clear when the boy was removed, or who he is staying with now.

The Kansas Department for Children and Families would not confirm that the child had been removed. Federal and state laws prohibit the agency from talking about a specific case, a spokesman said.

Sources have told The Star in recent weeks that Hill and his fiancee, Crystal Espinal, have been working through a family court process called a “child in need of care” case. The couple were at the Johnson County courthouse Wednesday.

Generally, child in need of care cases involve the Department for Children and Families and the county court in instances where there are concerns about a family situation. A judge and lawyers representing the parents and the child discuss and make decisions about the child’s safety and care.

In some cases, it can result in a child being removed from a home.

Earlier this week, when players —including Hill — reported for the first day of off-season workouts, Chiefs Coach Andy Reid said he had nothing further to say about the investigation involving Hill.

“I don’t want to make judgment on anything other than he is here and he is working,” Reid said. “If there is anything to comment on, we will always put it out there for you. We are not hiding it.”

Records obtained this week show that the NFL requested documents from Overland Park Police on March 12 asking for any relevant information, including photos and 911 calls, regarding Hill, his fiancee and their young son as “it relates to alleged injuries sustained by the couple’s minor child.” The Star first reported the child abuse investigation into Hill on March 15.

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