Recently on Twitter friend of Arrowhead Guys, Clay Wendler, retweeted a very interesting thread of information compiled by Twitter handle Mind Rhino regarding an outline of how Tyreek Hill’s path towards regaining custody of his son might proceed. I reached out to the Twitter account and got permission to use the thread in a post in order to pass along the information to you.
I personally vetted this information with two different sources who are intimately familiar with family court proceedings, both of whom said the thread was in line with their experiences. However, I must be perfectly clear that these are general guidelines. Any new information that is brought forward in the case or any events that might occur in the future during this process could drastically alter the path laid out below. That said if everything continues smoothly and without further incident this is probable path Tyreek Hill is currently taking to regain custody of his son.
.@ProFootballTalk (and all #Chiefs fans)Took me a quick google search and a bit of reading. Maybe 20 minutes total.— Mind Rhino (@mind_rhino) June 8, 2019
This has been named a CINC case withthe Kansas DFS. CINC protocol is built to reintegrate a child w:family. This is not an “investigation.” (1/13) https://t.co/LPtbPnt5Wc
What’s happening is a reunification case plan in process with the goal to restore custody to Hill/Espinal. Here’s how the hearings take place as outlined in the DFS document I’ll link to at the end of this thread (2/13) pic.twitter.com/acD17gGFss— Mind Rhino (@mind_rhino) June 8, 2019
Using this, let’s put together a rough timeline Let’s say, the following:— Mind Rhino (@mind_rhino) June 8, 2019
3/14 – Police report filed, Hills son taken into state custody.
Between 3/14-3/17 – Temporary Custody Hearing
4/17 – Adjudiciary and Dispositional hearing
Between 5/17 & 6/17 – 1st review hearing (3/13)
9/17-10/17 – 170-day case plan review.— Mind Rhino (@mind_rhino) June 8, 2019
Now, this reunification process must, by law, be reviewed at least every 12 months. The judge can either order another follow up hearing, call for permanent replacement, or return custody to Hill. I’ve been told that in Hills case…(4/13)
Are holding review hearings every 30 days. What are they reviewing? Let’s take a look (5/13) pic.twitter.com/HjOLsHBiDp— Mind Rhino (@mind_rhino) June 8, 2019
This is why you’re seeing videos of Hill at the Park with his child. It’s most likely a supervised or arranged visitation set up to comply with this case plan in the hopes to reunite the family (6/13)— Mind Rhino (@mind_rhino) June 8, 2019
Why write this? BC NO ONE ELSE WILL. @bepryor lets @KCTV5 do her work. She’s even been paired w/ Laura Bauer a self-proclaimed “investigative journalist,” but both claim in their most recent article only that “it isn’t clear if [Hill’s guardianship] status has changed…(7/13) pic.twitter.com/08P2aFOpct— Mind Rhino (@mind_rhino) June 8, 2019
.@ProFootballTalk is too concerned w/virtue signaling and “sticking it to” a few too-aggressive #Chiefs fans to actually do work. Still, via a few interviews they vaguely get things right. Indeed a timetable for the close of this saga should fall between 7/17 and 3/17/20 (8/13)— Mind Rhino (@mind_rhino) June 8, 2019
That’s an 8 month window that runs roughly from training camp to next year’s free agency. Should the #Chiefs reactivate Hill before camp, Gooddell would be forced to stick to his guns and wait on any resolution to determine discipline OR add Hill to the exempt list (9/13)— Mind Rhino (@mind_rhino) June 8, 2019
That would make NFL Network and Mike Florio both right and wrong. Something they, along with @bepryor could have known and provided the public more insight on if they decided to actually look into it…(10/13)— Mind Rhino (@mind_rhino) June 8, 2019
One thing I’d love to know in addition is 1) how many current NFL players do not have custody of children they’ve fathered, 2) is parental guardianship a requirement for employment, 3) what the average timeline for reunification is in similar cases (11/13)— Mind Rhino (@mind_rhino) June 8, 2019
These questions are for the actual journalists to answer (they won’t). I’d Google it but I’m tired and drunk on pizza.(12/13)— Mind Rhino (@mind_rhino) June 8, 2019
Anyway here’s all the info that the Kansas DFS PUBLICLY provides. Eat it up. Just remember where this came from, and where it didn’t…(@ProFootballTalk, @bepryor, @KCStar) https://t.co/W25Vc3hcr8 (13/13)— Mind Rhino (@mind_rhino) June 8, 2019
Also, while putting this post together, Seth Keysor tweeted out the following with a link to the handbook for parents who are currently involved with child protective cases in the state of Kansas. Again, the more factual information we take the time to familiarize ourselves with the better.
I would advise anyone discussing Tyreek Hill's curret legal status to read the handbook created for parents involved in Kansas child protection cases before doing so. It details procedure in regular language rather than statutes. https://t.co/JmfypI6xOE— Seth Keysor (@RealMNchiefsfan) June 8, 2019
Again, as a reminder Arrowhead Guys are not law experts, nor are we advertising this information as the way things “will” transpire. It is impossible to predict what other information will come to light in this already bizarre story that might have an impact on the proceedings. However if Tyreek Hill is or already has been proven innocent of any wrong doing regarding the welfare of his child this gives you a valuable look at the timetable of events leading up to officially clearing his name and regaining custody of his child.
All that said, Hill could still face disciplinary action from the NFL for “threatening language” towards Espinal. This situation has been one of the most convoluted stories related to the Chiefs, or even the NFL, that I can recall. As always, as more information becomes available we will strive to provide it to you in an unbiased manner here at Arrowhead Guys, and for now this is just one more piece to the puzzle.