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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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dbackfan0819    

WTF how incredibly sad and scary. My thoughts are to all involved.

344 days ago
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April     

Poor poor baby. I pray he makes a recovery or that his soul is received and his killer gets what's coming to him.

344 days ago
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CathyJ    

Oh my God, this is just horrible. My prayers to Mr. Peterson and his family. Do they have the death penalty in this state? This would certainly apply.

344 days ago
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Tracy    

I can only think you people aren't reading this fully. The baby is brain dead. There will be no custody given. The baby is basically DEAD-- no brain activity = DEAD. This is horrible. Absolutely horrible.

344 days ago
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antigirlygirl    

It's situations like this that makes it very scary to have a relationship with someone else when you have children from a previous relationship. Have to be very careful.

344 days ago
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bg    

so sad.

gonna hold two spoons together and whisper to them. that should help.

344 days ago
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kerri matuszak    

poor baby!!! Head injuries are not good :(.. This makes me ill...

344 days ago
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blowm*    

TMZ get the friggin facts straight on the AP story. idiots

344 days ago
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Joe Dolan    

per @chipscoggins on Twitter: "Peterson said he will play Sunday 'without a doubt' asked media not to ask questions about situation.

344 days ago
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blowm*    

Hey, TMZ, get ur facts straight. The police said it's not AP's son.

344 days ago
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treesy62    

This terrible i never had to bring a stepfather in the picture! But i never trusted my kids with anyone that. Wasn't related! He was probably jelouse of his

344 days ago
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chicagoannie    

Prayers for that little boy. And mamas...raise your kids, put them FIRST (not boyfriends,) keep them safe and never put a man ahead of your child. Many times it is boyfriends who kill these kids - they are not the fathers so there is no bond with the kids. Plenty of time for men AFTER your kids are grown.

344 days ago
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Heidi    

We don't know the situation with the mother so to put blame on her as to why she was dating this guy is wrong until we know the facts. How ling had she been dating him, what happened prior to this incident and had there been any other incidents. The mother may lose a child prayers need to be said for her, him and their child. As far as the abuser goes we have to pray the boys in the jail take care of him.

344 days ago
164.

Joe Dolan    

"I'm able to release a lot of stress through sports," Peterson told reporter Sean Jensen.

WHOOP WHOOP!!!!

START Adrian Peterson this week!! He's gonna have a great game!! Biggest of the season?? Maybe!!

344 days ago
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August    

The child's mother is already selling the kid's BODY ORGANS on Craigslist- India to the HIGHEST BIDDER....

344 days ago
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