2-Year-Old Son Of NFL MVP Dies After Alleged Assault

Adrian Peterson’s Son Dies After Allegedly Being Assaulted:


A two-year-old son of Minnesota Vikings running Adrian Peterson died in South Dakota on Friday, according to the Argus Leader and various media reports. Citing information from Sioux Falls police, NFL.com reported that the 2-year-old boy died from injuries suffered during an alleged aggravated assault earlier this week.

The Sioux Falls Police Department will announce the name of the boy next week, reported the Argus Leader. Although authorities withheld the victim’s name fromtheir statement, an unnamed source with knowledge of the situation informed The Associated that the boy was Peterson’s son.

The father of the reigning NFL MVP had confirmed earlier in the day that the child had been hospitalized in critical condition. The 28-year-old running back addressed the media after a Minnesota Vikings practice on Friday afternoon but declined to discuss the situation.

“I really appreciate all the support from fans and the Vikings,” said Peterson, who indicated he planned to play in the Vikings’ upcoming game. “I ask y’all to respect my privacy.”


Peterson was previously excused from practice to attend to a personal matter on Thursday. A source close to the star running back described the situation as “tragic” to ProFootballTalk. Stu Whitney of the Argus Leader reported Thursday via Twitter that Peterson was in Sioux Falls, South Dakota “dealing with medical issue involving young family member that likely will be a police matter.”

On Friday, TMZ first reported thatPeterson’s son was in critical condition after being allegedly beaten by 27-year-old Joseph Patterson, a man dating the mother. Patterson was arrested and charged with aggravated felony assault and battery of an infant, according to TMZ.

The Argus Leader reported that Patterson had been charged with aggravated assault and aggravated battery on an infant. Bond was set at $750,000.

Sioux Falls Police and an EMS crew responded to an emergency call at an apartment on Wednesday where a child was found unresponsive, according to a police statement obtained by ESPN. At the hospital, police became aware of “injuries that were consistent with abuse,” reported KSFY-ABC.

Earlier on Friday, the Sioux Falls Police Department addressed the arrest of Patterson but refused to confirm that Peterson was the father of the injured child.

“At this point, we’re not going to confirm anything,” Sioux Falls Police Department spokesman Sam Clemens said, via the Argus Leader. “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.”

The Sioux Falls Police Department later issued a statement confirming that the child had died.

This afternoon the Police Department learned the two-year-old boy died from injuries sustained during the aggravated assault on Wednesday, October 9. At this time, the victim’s name is being withheld out of respect for the family and to give them time to make notification. His name will be released early next week.

Nelson Peterson, Adrian’s father, confirmed to the St. Paul Pioneer Press and Star Tribune that a son of the NFL star had been hospitalized in critical condition. He did not provide any further details.

“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 Pioneer Press.

While addressing the media on Friday afternoon, Peterson talked about the way in which his return to the team was helping him cope.

“You know, football is something I will always fall back on. It gets me through tough times,” he said. “Just being around the guys in here, that’s what I need in my life, guys supporting me and just being able to go out and play this game I love. Things that I go through, I’ve said a thousand times, it helps me play this game to a different level. I’m able to kind of release a lot of my stress through this sport, so that’s what I plan on doing.”



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