Minnesota Viking running back Adrian Peterson was excused from practice on Thursday because his 2-year old son is in critical condition. It has been reported that Adrian Peterson's son was beaten and suffered head injuries in Sioux Falls, S.D. this week. The suspect is Joseph Robert Patterson, who is dating the boy's mother. Adrian Paterson's father, Nelson Peterson, told the St. Paul Pioneer Press that Adrian Paterson is the father of the child.
Joseph Robert Patterson called 911 late Wednesday to report a choking, but once the boy was transported to the hospital it was apparent that the injuries were not consistent with a choking incident. At this point the child remains hospitalized. Adrian Peterson was excused from Minnesota Vikings practice on Thursday but returned today.
"All I can say is, we are asking for prayers and for respect for our family as we deal with this tragic situation," Nelson Peterson told the St. Paul Pioneer Press.
The Sioux Falls Police Department would not confirm that Adrian Peterson is the child's father.
“At this point, we're not going to confirm anything. Who the father is does not come into play in this investigation, so we’re not going to be releasing any information as far as that goes,” Police Department spokesman Sam Clemens said.
Joseph Robert Patterson has been charged with aggravated assault and battery of an infant in connection with the incident. The injuries sustained by the child are consistent with abuse. Bond has been set at $750,000.
The suspect has another child in the Sioux Falls area, but the mother of that child asked for protection against Patterson twice after claiming that he had become violent with her, threatened her and held her against her will. He was the only person with Adrian Peterson's son at the time of the incident on Wednesday.
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