Son of NFL star Adrian Peterson violently killed
Published: Monday, October 14, 2013
Updated: Monday, October 14, 2013 23:10
The two-year-old son of Minnesota Vikings’ running back Adrian Peterson was beaten to death last week.
The boy, who lived with his mother in Sioux Falls, S.D., was allegedly beaten by 27-year-old Joseph Patterson, the boyfriend of the mother. Patterson, who previously pleaded guilty to simple assault involving a woman and a child in 2012, was charged with aggravated assault and aggravated assault on an infant for this incident. Additional charges may come, Sioux Falls police said.
On Wednesday, paramedics came to Patterson’s apartment in response to a supposed medical emergency. It was quickly determined the child’s injuries were deliberately caused, police said. As police believed Patterson was alone with the child when the injuries occurred, the 27-year-old was arrested Thursday.
After being placed in critical condition, the boy died in the hospital Friday.
Peterson, the 2012 National Football League MVP, apparently only discovered the child was his a few months ago and had not yet met the boy prior to seeing him in the hospital.
In tweets, Peterson thanked fans and players for their prayers and messages of support.