Adrian Peterson's son dies from injuries
Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson's two-year-old son, who was allegedly beaten unconscious, has reportedly died from his injuries. (Reuters)
Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson’s two-year-old son, the victim of alleged abuse by the mother’s boyfriend, died Friday at a South Dakota Hospital, according to multiple reports.
“I really appreciate all the support that I’ve been receiving from fans and the Vikings,” Peterson said. “This is a private matter and I would ask you all to please just respect my privacy.”
TMZ reported Friday that Peterson’s son was rushed to hospital and medical experts determined the injuries were consistent with abuse.
According to police, emergency responders arrived at the apartment where Peterson’s son reportedly lives at 5:46 p.m. Wednesday and found the child unresponsive.
Joseph Robert Patterson, 27, was charged with aggravated assault and battery of an infant.
Police said the child was in Patterson’s apartment, where the boy had recently moved with his mother. The mother recently began a relationship with Patterson.
Patterson has a prior domestic abuse record involving a different woman and child. He pleaded guilty to simple assault in an incident last year.
The child was considered “a secret” and the result of a casual relationship between Peterson and a Minnesota woman, according to Minnesota City Pages. The woman had since moved to South Dakota and only recently learned Peterson was the boy’s father. The boy is not Adrian Peterson Jr., with whom the running back is often photographed with.
Peterson missed practice Thursday to deal with a medical issue involving a family member and was reportedly spotted in Sioux Falls, S.D. He returned to Minnesota on Friday.
The all-pro rusher plans to play Sunday against the Carolina Panthers.
“Football is something I will always fall back on,” he said. “It gets me through tough times. Just being around the guys in here, that’s what I need in my life, guys supporting me and just being able to go out and play this game I love. Things that I go through, I’ve said a thousand times, it helps me play this game to a different level. I’m able to kind of release a lot of my stress through this sport, so that’s what I plan on doing.”
- with files from The Sports Xchange