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Possible changes in the charges against Patterson

According to the Associated Press, there is more news in the case of Joseph Patterson, the man who beat Minnesota Vikings MVP Adrian Peterson’s 2-year-old toddler, who ultimately died from the injuries.

 Prosecutors expect to ask a grand jury to consider more serious charges in the death of the 2-year-old son of Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson.

Tom Wollman, Lincoln County state’s attorney, said Tuesday he’ll review the recently completed autopsy findings and other reports before looking at any new charges against Joseph Robert Patterson, 27.

“We’ll seek a grand jury review in the near future,” Wollman said.

Sioux Falls police identified the boy Tuesday as Tyrese Robert Ruffin, who died Friday after being hospitalized with severe head injuries. Earlier Tuesday, they’d given an incorrect surname.

Patterson, the boyfriend of Tyrese’s mother, was charged last week with aggravated assault and aggravated battery and is being held on $750,000 cash bond. A message left for Patterson’s attorney Tuesday was not returned, and Patterson’s mother said she didn’t want to comment.

The prosecuting team would also like for the court to bring up records of a 2012 case against Patterson, which is probably going to make the ultimate charges get more serious.

Prosecutors are also asking that a suspended sentence be imposed for a 2012 domestic assault conviction, saying the deal required Patterson to show no violent, threatening or assaultive behavior for three years. A hearing on the motion is scheduled for Oct. 30.

Lincoln County court records also show a July 2012 protection order was taken out against Patterson, in which he had to stay 1,000 feet away from a former girlfriend, their son and her two other boys for five years. The woman told the court that Patterson spanked her 3-year-old son’s bare bottom until it had welts after hearing the boy acted up at church.

It seems as though a grand jury would be within reason to consider more charges against Patterson, and it is possible that one could be used. Stay updated at Fansided for more news regarding the case against Joseph Patterson.

 

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