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Monday, July 13, 2020

Tyreek Hill child abuse case reopened after new audio recording

An audio recording that was released on Thursday contained new information that suggested Tyreek Hill was responsible for his son’s injuries, and prosecutors have reopened the case against the Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver in the wake of the new evidence coming to light.

Prosecutors said Wednesday that Hill would not face charges stemming from the child abuse allegations against him, but the case took a new ugly turn when KCTV5 obtained an audio recording that was attributed to Hill’s fiancee Crystal Espinal, who supposedly gave it to a friend as an “insurance policy.” In the recording, Espinal is allegedly heard telling Hunt that the couple’s son said “daddy did it” regarding the broken arm the 3-year-old suffered.

On Friday, KCTV5 confirmed that the criminal case against Hill and Espinal has been reopened following the release of the audio recording. The news outlet shared the audio with Johnson County prosecutor Steve Howe, who is currently reviewing it. When Howe announced on Wednesday that no charges would be filed, he made it clear that he believed a crime was committed but the case was not strong enough.

The Chiefs have announced that Hill has been suspended from all team activities while they review the case, and it would be a shock if he is not cut. The team released star running back Kareem Hunt almost immediately after a video surfaced that showed him shoving and kicking a woman, and Hunt was never charged. Even if Hill doesn’t face charges, it would be tough for Kansas City to justify keeping him on the roster and not Hunt.

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