So terrible! The Minnesota Vikings running back’s 2-year-old son is in critical condition at a Sioux Falls, South Dakota hospital after being attacked on the night of Oct. 9. HollywoodLife.com spoke to police about the incident. Get all the breaking details here.
Adrian Peterson‘s 2-year-old son, was seriously beaten allegedly by suspect Joseph Robert Patterson, 27, who is reportedly dating the little boy’s mother. Joseph was watching the boy on the night of the incident. The toddler remains in critical condition at a Sioux Falls hospital.
Adrian Peterson Son Attacked: Minnesota Vikings Player’s Toddler Hospitalized
UPDATE 12:27 p.m. EST: The story is more complicated than originally reported. TMZ is now saying that “the injured child is Adrian’s son, but it’s not Adrian Peterson Jr.”
UPDATE: 12:55 p.m. EST: Adrian Peterson’s father has confirmed that the boy injured is not Adrian Jr., but is his grandson. “All I can say is, we are asking for prayers and for respect for our family as we deal with this tragic situation,” Nelson Peterson told Pioneer Press on Oct. 11.
UPDATE: 6:03 p.m. EST: The toddler died from his injuries. Click here to read.
UPDATE: Oct. 12, 11:37 a.m. EST: Joseph Patterson, who was initially charged with aggravated battery of an infant and aggravated assault, will now face homicide charges. Click here to read.
This is a breaking news story, please check back for updates.
Adrian’s son was reportedly rushed to the hospital following a brutal attack.
“Emergency responders responded to a call at about 5:45 PM on Wednesday [Oct. 9],” the Sioux Falls Police Department told HollywoodLife.com. “The initial call was made for medical attention, the caller said that a 2-year-old was choking. When first responders arrived at the scene, they found the child unresponsive.”
The little boy was immediately taken to a South Dakota hospital. “Medical staff found that the injuries were not consistent with choking, but rather with head injuries, consistent with abuse,” the police said.
Joseph Patterson, the man caring for the boy at the time of the incident, was arrested. “Police arrested Patterson yesterday and charged him with two counts: aggravated battery of an infant, and aggravated assault.”
“He made his first court appearance this morning [Oct. 11],” the police said of Patterson. “He was formally charged with the two counts.”
Adrian Peterson Misses Practice Due To Personal Emergency
Adrian, 28, missed his Oct. 10 football practice due to the tragic situation. He reportedly traveled to Sioux Falls to be at his son’s side. Stu Whitney of the Argus Leader revealed on Twitter on Oct. 10:
Adrian Peterson is still in Sioux Falls, dealing with medical issue involving young family member that will likely be a police matter. — Stu Whitney (@stuwhitney) October 10, 2013
Our thoughts are with Adrian and his family at this time.
HollywoodLife.com also reached out to Adrian’s rep and are awaiting comment.
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