Chilling audio has emerged of NFL star Tyreek Hill and his fiancee, Espinal, discussing the alleged beatings he gave their "terrified" three-year-old son.
The 11-minute audio, which was made public on Friday, is believed to have been recorded earlier last month while the couple were walking through Dubai's international airport.
"He is terrified of you!" Espinal says in the clip, describing the boy. "And you say that he respects you, but it's not respect."
Hill can be heard firing back: "He respects me.
"You need to be terrified of me too, b***h ... That's why you can't keep a f***ing man."
Sources reportedly told KCTV that Espinal kept the recording as an "insurance policy" and has sent it to one other friend for safekeeping.
In the recording, Espinal tells Hill that the boy has repeatedly accused the NFL star of attacking him, allegedly telling her that "daddy punches me".
"Which you do, when he starts crying," Espinal says. "You make him open up his arms and you punch him in the chest. And then if he gets in trouble, you get the belt out.
"Why did he say daddy did it?" she can be heard asking. "Why did he say daddy did it?"
Hill escaped criminal charges in Kansas after he was reported for the domestic violence incident due to a lack of evidence.
"We believe a crime has occurred, however, the evidence, in this case, does not conclusively establish who committed this crime," the Johnson County District Attorney's office said in a statement.
"We are deeply troubled by this situation and are concerned about the health and welfare of the child in question. We believe that a crime has occurred.
"However, the evidence, in this case, does not conclusively establish who committed the crime against this child."
In response to the charges, Hill released a statement on Friday saying that his son's "health and happiness was his number one priority".
"I love and support my family above anything," Hill said. "I want to thank the Kansas City Chiefs, my attorneys, my agent and my union for supporting me through this.
"My focus remains on working hard to be the best person for my family and our community I can be, and the best player to help our team win."
Hill was investigated for two separate incidents involving his son prior to this week's case.