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NFL Star Adrian Peterson

2-Year-Old Son Attacked

Police Investigating

10/11/2013 12:00 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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10:16 AM PT -- Multiple sources tell TMZ ... Peterson's son is currently on life support and hasn't had brain activity since 5:30 PM last night.

We're told the family is monitoring the situation closely, and if there is no improvement in 24 hours, the mother wants to remove life support and donate the boy's organs to people in need.

10:00 AM PT --
Adrian Peterson's father has confirmed ... the injured boy is, in fact, Adrian's son ... but it's NOT Adrian Peterson Jr.

The Pioneer Press spoke with Nelson Peterson ... who says, "All I can say is, we are asking for prayers and for respect for our family as we deal with this tragic situation."

8:41 AM PT --
Multiple sources with direct knowledge of the situation tell TMZ ... the injured child is Adrian's son, but it's not Adrian Peterson Jr., the child he's been famously photographed with in public over the years.  

We reached out to Peterson's reps -- but so far, we have not heard back.


Adrian Peterson
's 2-year-old son is currently in critical condition in a South Dakota hospital ... after he was allegedly severely beaten by the man dating the mother of his child, TMZ has learned.

The Minnesota Vikings running back immediately left his team to be with his son.

Officials tell us they've arrested the suspect, 27-year-old Joseph Patterson ... who's been charged with aggravated felony assault and battery of an infant.

According to law enforcement, emergency responders arrived to the apartment where Peterson's son was living at 5:46 PM on Wednesday ... and found the child unresponsive.

He was rushed to a nearby hospital and medical experts determined the injuries were consistent with abuse.

Law enforcement sources tell us ... the child suffered severe head injuries.

The suspect, Joseph Patterson, appeared in court just moments ago ... the judge set his bond at $750,000.  Patterson tried desperately to shield his face from the cameras.

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Mike D.    

Who the eff attacks a toddler?

380 days ago


The perp should be put down like the rabid dog that he is.

380 days ago


Hope that a-hole goes away for a long time and that baby momma better lose custody of that baby!!

380 days ago


Prayers for the little boy.

380 days ago


I have a 3 year old son i can't tell you what I would do but it wouldn't be good at all. Will be praying for his son to get better.

380 days ago


I hope he beats the **** out of the guy who did this to his son and takes full custody of the child. What was the mother thinking of bringing a guy like that around her son! SMH.

380 days ago


This is where the death penalty should come into play. Someone should beat the living **** out of the guy that would do this to a child.

380 days ago


if there was one person i would not want to be its james patterson. try running from an nfl running back.

380 days ago



380 days ago


Unfathomable! Why on earth is he mother with a man who abuses her child? I hope they give Adrian custody.

380 days ago

The world is disgusting    

This coward needs to have his hands and feet amputated. To be put to death does nothing to these types of violent offenders. They deserve to suffer. Remove the limbs of violent offenders, make an example of them.

380 days ago


Poor little baby :( I hope he makes a full recovery and the POS boyfriend rots in jail. Props to Adrian for being a Daddy and being there for his baby boy.

380 days ago


You got to be a REAL man to beat up a 2 year old!! After he's convicted, as part of his punishment, let him go to the Vikings practice and let him run the ball a few times. Of course, with out pads or a cup. What a low life punk.

380 days ago


Horrendous. This child and his mother too need our prayers and all the support they can get.
But TMZ writers, to use the expressions that a father is "tight" with his tiny child and was "hanging out" with him? They aren't adult friends. Every father should then be "tight" and "hanging out" with his children. How about saying that he is an attentive father? The toddle isn't an adult. Sorry to pick nits, but sometimes the writing tries to be sooo cool, it just doesn't always work well.

380 days ago


I pray the baby recovers and pray the monster that did this has seen his last day as a free man.

380 days ago
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