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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.

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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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136.

EarthMother    

i hope he beats his ass!!!

286 days ago
137.

lulu2009    

This is so very sad. I hope someone in jail beats this POS to death and the sooner the better!

286 days ago
138.

August    

Looks like his GROUPIE GOLD-DIGGING WHORE will be back on FOOD STAMPS & HUSTLING other NFL SUCKERS....

HER MONTHLY CHECKS from Adrian Peterson STOP RIGHT NOW!

286 days ago
139.

August    

These FILTHY RICH FAME HUNGRY CELEBRITIES always forget that when they SELL THEIR SOULS to SATAN for FAME & FORTUNE.......

SATAN NEVER KEEP HIS PART OF THE DEAL.....NEVER!.

That's why he's SATAN!

286 days ago
140.

Paul    

Maybe, just maybe, one day this country will wake up and put and end to the whole fantasy narrative of the noble, hard-working, sacrificing for the sake of her kids, single mother and hold women accountable for the damage they inflict on their children with the men they bring into their homes.

This story, not even a rare occurrence as FBI statistics paint a crystal clear picture that the vast majority violence and sexual abuse of children,over 80%, is committed by unrelated men the child's mother brought into their home through her own careless and irresponsible dating practices.

You can turn on the local news virtually any day and hear the same story occurring multiple times across the nation: child beaten, raped or killed by mothers boyfriend and rarely are the women ever held accountable.

286 days ago
141.

VictoriaGirl    

The "mother" wants to take him off life support if he's not better in 24 hours? What cold, heartless beyotch! Why do I feel like she had a part in her childs condition? I hope both her and her idiot boyfriend are charged with murder.

286 days ago
142.

Joe Dolan    

Don't get me wrong, I'm glad the kid is alive for sure! But since the kid is fine, can't I be glad that I may not lose in fantasy this week, since Adrian is not gonna miss his game Sunday?

286 days ago
143.

Larry Lawler    

Prayers go out to Adrian and his son, may God see fit to see them both through this horrible tragedy.

286 days ago
144.

Norma Thomas    

Death penalty no trial

286 days ago
145.

Chris    

I always advocate hearing both sides of the story. Not here, Not now. Let us hope this s***bag gets worse than he deserves

286 days ago
146.

lisa    

omg, that is just heartbreaking. There are no words. That guy won't last a day in jail after the others find out what he did. The lowest of the low.

286 days ago
147.

Joe Dolan    

Dang, just saw that the mom wants to donate the kid's organs. This I don't understand. What is she hiding?!? Those organs are far too small to fit in most people...

286 days ago
148.

suzy martinez    

WTF that phuken dushe bag needs to die ! I don't understand why the phuk these women always have theses phuken boyfriends that abuse there children !

286 days ago
149.

Steppy412    

Doesn't matter who's son he is - attacking a 2 yr old is awful. Best wishes for the little guy.

286 days ago
150.

jenna    

I JUST HOPE HE GOES TO HELL.

286 days ago
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