Adrian Peterson’s 2-year-old Son Dies After Alleged Beating By Mother’s Boyfriend
[NY Daily News] The 2-year-old son of Minnesota Vikings star running back Adrian Peterson died Friday of injuries suffered when he was beaten two days earlier, allegedly by his mother’s boyfriend.
The child died in a hospital in Sioux Falls, S.D., about 11:43 a.m. He had been hospitalized in critical condition with head injuries since arriving by ambulance on Wednesday night. The child’s name was not released.
The tot was apparently a “secret” child, according to media reports. Peterson was not sure the child was his until recently.
Peterson, who is not married, has another son about the same age named Adrian Peterson Jr., and a daughter, Adeja, with a different woman.
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Family, friends and well-wishers gather in Sertoma Park in Sioux Falls, S.D., for a candlelight vigil in memory of Peterson’s 2-year-old son on Friday.
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The boyfriend of the child’s mother, Joseph Robert Patterson, 27, who has a history of domestic incidents, called 911 about 5:45 Wednesday to report the child was choking in his apartment, where he had been caring for the boy, authorities said. The child was unresponsive when Sioux Falls Police and EMS arrived.
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Joseph Patterson (c.) leaves the Lincoln County Courthouse after a hearing on Friday.
Patterson was arrested because the child had injuries that were determined to be consistent with abuse, police said.
Peterson, the National Football League’s MVP last season, was subdued in talking to the media at his locker room Friday.
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After receiving condolences from fellow NFL players and other sports stars, like LeBron James, Peterson expressed his thanks on Twitter Friday.
“I really appreciate all the support that I’ve been receiving from fans, the Vikings organization,” said Peterson, who missed practice on Thursday. “This is a private matter and I would ask you all to please just respect my privacy.”
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Joseph Patterson faces up to 40 years in prison if found guilty of killing Adrian Peterson’s son.
The running back, who has rushed for 421 yards this season — second in the league — said he will play Sunday against Carolina.
“Football is something I will always fall back on,” he said. “It gets me through tough times.”
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Peterson, 28, said Friday that football gets him through tough times.
After receiving condolences from fellow NFL players and other sports stars, like LeBron James, Peterson, 28, expressed his thanks on Twitter, calling pro football players “a fraternity of brothers.”
Patterson was initially charged with felony counts of aggravated battery of an infant and aggravated assault. On Friday, South Dakota State’s Attorney Thomas Wollman told the Daily News that his office will be “looking at additional charges” in light of the child’s death.