Cops: 2-Year-Old Son of NFL's Adrian Peterson Killed in Assault
Boyfriend of boy's mother is suspected
By Neal Colgrass, Newser Staff
Posted Oct 11, 2013 3:55 PM CDT
Vikings runningback Adrian Peterson catches a ball during their football practice at the Grove Hotel in Watford, England, Thursday Sept. 26, 2013.    (AP Photo/Sean Ryan, NFL)

(Newser) – The 2-year-old son of NFL running back Adrian Peterson has died after the mother's new boyfriend allegedly attacked him, TMZ reports. It all started when the boyfriend—Joseph Patterson, 27—called 911 from an apartment in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, to report a choking, the Pioneer Press reports. Emergency responders arrived and took the boy to hospital, where doctors said he appeared to have suffered a severe beating. Patterson was arrested and charged with aggravated felony assault and battery of an infant, which could put him away for 40 years.

And now that the child has died, prosecutors say they may file extra charges. This isn't Patterson's first brush with the law, either: Another woman, who's had a child with Patterson, claimed he threatened, choked, and punched her, but charges were ultimately dropped, the Argus Leader reports. As for Peterson, he took a day off from Minnesota Vikings practice yesterday to be with his child, who was on life support at the time. "This is an absolute tragedy," said State's Attorney Tom Wollman, "and the parents and the extended family are suffering greatly."

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Jeanie
Sep 23, 2014 8:37 AM CDT
A Black child has a 50% chance of being killed in his/her own home by the boyfriend of the mother.Between abortion and child abuse, the black child is an endangered species.
mommatomany
Oct 12, 2013 8:26 PM CDT
I am the adoptive Mother of a child who was physically abused by his father when he was 3 months old. He became our foster child when he was 4 months as he spent a month recuperating in the hospital from his severe head injury. This father threw his son into the TV because he cried! Heaven knows what ever else he did to him. Our son will never be the same. He will never be the child he was meant to be. We adopted our Ben when he was 3 years old. He is now 14 years old and is a 3 month old mentally because of the abuse. Blame the woman! Yes, I do...His mother knew this father had anger issues and she left the baby with him, while she was out with her NEW boyfriend. The father got 8 years in prison and was out in 4. When he got out...he married the mother! To me they are both sick! I feel so bad for Adrian Peterson and his family. Our deepest condolences.......from true Viking fans!
orlandojonny
Oct 12, 2013 1:21 PM CDT
Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson met his 2-year-old son for the first time while he was on life support, TMZ reports.