UPDATE: Recent reports from the City Pages indicate that the child harmed was not Peterson’s son. Regardless of who’s child was harmed, it is a horrendous situation that no parent should ever have to deal with.
Pro Football Talk has also provided an update that backs up TMZ’s original report:
Per source close to Adrian Peterson, the injured child is indeed his son. Some reports are now saying otherwise.
— ProFootballTalk (@ProFootballTalk) October 11, 2013
Peterson’s father confirmed the child belonged to Adrian:
Nelson Peterson, Adrian’s father, told the Pioneer Press that the 2-year-old in critical condition in S.D. is one of Adrian Peterson’s sons.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) October 11, 2013
Our original story is posted below.
Earlier today, we passed along reports that Minnesota Vikings star running back Adrian Peterson was dealing with a “tragic” family issue. He has been in Souix Falls, South Dakota and missed the team’s Thursday practice, and now the reason for his absence is becoming more clear.
There were rumors late last night that the situation could have been linked to charges that were filed against a 27-year-old man for beating a toddler and putting the child in critical condition, and TMZ is reporting that the toddler in question is Peterson’s son.
Officials tell us they’ve arrested the suspect, 27-year-old Joseph Patterson … who’s been charged with aggravated felony assault and battery of an infant.
According to law enforcement, emergency responders arrived to the apartment where Peterson’s son was living at 5:46 PM on Wednesday … and found the child unresponsive.
He was rushed to a nearby hospital and medical experts determined the injuries were consistent with abuse.
Law enforcement sources tell us … the child suffered severe head injuries.
This is obviously a very tragic situation and nothing that any parent would ever want to have to deal with.
There are no additional details, but it is a fluid situation and we will keep you updated as more information is released. For now, Peterson’s status for Sunday’s game is the last thing on his mind and it should be.
- Adrian Peterson will play on Sunday, “without a doubt”
- Report: Adrian Peterson’s son ‘not expected to survive’
- Peterson’s father confirms child in critical condition is one of Adrian’s
- Adrian Peterson to address the media
- Report: Robert Joseph Patterson charged with aggravated felony assault of Adrian Peterson’s son