Minnesota Vikings' running back Adrian Peterson's son, 2, died today in a hospital near Sioux Falls, South Dakota. The child was rushed to the hospital after being found unresponsive on Wednesday in the care of Joseph Robert Patterson. Patterson, the child's mother's boyfriend, has been arrested in connection with the case and charged with aggravated battery of an infant and aggravated assault, both of which are felony offenses.
Patterson called the police on Wednesday evening just before 6 p.m. and said that the child was choking, and he was rushed to the hospital. It was there that doctors found injuries to his head that were consistent with abuse. Patterson was given suspended sentences last year for simple domestic assault and violation of a domestic abuse bond (both misdemeanors). He was arrested Thursday night as the suspect, said Lincoln County, South Dakota, State's Attorney Tom Wollman. A judge set his bail at $750,000 cash during his initial court appearance Friday.
After the news of the child's death spread, Peterson took to Twitter and wrote, "God Bless everyone and thank u so much."
Peterson has asked the public to respect his privacy, but is still slated to play on Sunday. Fellow NFL stars have also taken to the internet to express their condolences for this tragic event. Authorities have not named the child out of respect for the family's privacy.
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