Adrian Peterson Met Son For The First Time In Hospital, 2-Year-Old Boy Reported Dead
A 2-year-old who was the son of Minnesota Vikings star Adrian Peterson died Friday from injuries suffered after alleged abuse by his mother’s boyfriend.
The child was hospitalized in critical condition with head injuries since arriving by ambulance on Wednesday night. He died around 11:43 a.m. in a hospital in Sioux Falls. S.D.
His name has not been released.
Joseph Robert Patterson is charged with aggravated battery of an infant and aggravated assault. He could face up to 40 years in prison if found guilty of killing Adrian Peterson’s son. Now that he is behind bars, information reveal that he has a past history of domestic violence. In 2004, a woman requested a protection order against him in 2004.
Then in 2012, he had pleaded guilty to simple assault in an incident involving an ex-girlfriend and her three-year-old son. In that case, he choked and beat her, leaving severe bruises on her child. Apparently the judge ordered from to undergo family violence training and he was allowed to stay out of jail.
As this story enfold, we have learned from TMZ that the Minnesota Viking star met the child for the very first time when he arrived at the hospital Thursday. Sources also reveal the Adrian was planning to fly out to meet his son a few weeks ago.
Since his son’s death, he has been very involving in having the child’s organs donated to other people is need of transplant.
Peterson expressed his thoughts on Twitter Friday:
“I really appreciate all the support that I’ve been receiving from fans, the Vikings organization,” said Peterson, who missed practice on Thursday. “This is a private matter and I would ask you all to please just respect my privacy.”
Friday night family, friends and well wishers gather in Sertoma Park in Sioux Falls, S.D., for a candlelight vigil in memory of Peterson’s 2-year-old son Friday.
Our thoughts and prayers are with Peterson and his family at this time.
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