Chiefs' Tyreek Hill does not face charges in child abuse probe, report says

Chiefs chairman: Team will make 'right decision' regarding Tyreek Hill

Prosecutors say the child abuse probe involving Chiefs’ Tyreek Hill is “not an active investigation,” meaning he faces no charges, the Kansas City Star reported Friday.

The wide receiver had been the subject of an investigation following an alleged incident in March in which his 3-year-old son suffered a broken arm.

Johnson County District Attorney Steve Howe had already said April 25 he would not pursue charges against Hill. He said even though he believed that a crime had been committed, he couldn’t prove who did it.

In an email to the Star on Friday, Howe said he stands by those comments. However, Howe did not address whether the investigation had ever been reopened. 

Chiefs coach Andy Reid said in late April that a criminal investigation into the incident had been reopened.

“It is not an active investigation,” Howe said in the email. “As in any case, if we receive additional evidence we reevaluate.”

Hill and the child’s mother, Crystal Espinal, Hill’s fiancee, reportedly temporarily lost custody of the child.

The Chiefs suspended Hill for the “foreseeable future” in April after an audio recording surfaced of Hill allegedly threatening Espinal.

Hill issued a statement that month saying he was “innocent of any crime.” His attorney, Trey Pettlon, told the Star the criminal case had been closed for a while.

“It’s my understanding the criminal investigation has been closed for quite some time now and obviously there’s been some misinformation about that, but it is closed,” Pettlon said.

However, Hill still faces possible punishment from the NFL.

Commissioner Roger Goodell announced in May that the league planned to interview Hill after a case involving Child Protection Services is resolved. The status of that case is unavailable.

Hill caught 87 passes for 1,479 yards and 12 touchdowns for the Chiefs last season.