The man accused of brutally beating and killing 2-year-old Ty Ruffin faced the grand jury on Oct. 18. Joseph Patterson, who was allegedly caring for the toddler in Sioux Falls, South Dakota when he violently attacked him, was indicted on counts of second-degree murder and manslaughter.
Joseph Patterson, 27, was indicted on charges of second-degree murder and manslaughter charges following the tragic Oct. 11 death of Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson‘s 2-year-old son, Tyrese Robert Ruffin. The boy spent two days in the hospital on life support after the sustaining brutal head injuries that would later claim his young life.
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Patterson was indicted by a grand jury on Oct. 18, Lincoln County, SD state’s attorney Tom Wollman said. “He was initially jailed on charges of aggravated assault and aggravated battery, though prosecutors pursued more serious charges after the boy’s death,” reported ESPN.
“The charges accuse Patterson of intentionally or recklessly injuring Tyrese by causing brain damage or bleeding of the skull, from blows, shaking or making the boy’s head hit an object or surface,” reported ESPN.
Adrian met his 2-year-old son for the first time when he rushed to be by his side in the hospital.
Joseph Patterson Faces Life Sentence
If convicted, Patterson faces a mandatory life sentence, as required by the state of South Dakota. Additionally, a first-degree manslaughter charge would carry a maximum life sentence.
Patterson’s attorney, Tim Rensch, said that his client is “absolutely and totally not guilty,” reported ESPN. Patterson is expected to be arraigned at an upcoming court appearance.
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