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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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Wow, just wow.... Where to start here? I'm speechless.

378 days ago


where is the picture TMZ of this MONSTER that did this to the little boy? Reports said he was just in court

378 days ago


Adrian - Get it together & be at your son's bedside. Most likely he'll be pulled off life support by his despicable mother - and you will be playing a game instead of planning your baby sons funeral?

You will regret this decision & feel guilt....think it out!

378 days ago


He has two previous charges of assult and he gets bonded.... where was his mother and why wasn't that baby with her????

378 days ago


Sometimes I'm on the fence about capital punishment...until I read a story like this. It makes my stomach drop to read or hear about anyone hurting a child--what could a toddler possibly do to warrant such abuse? There are so many people in the world who would give up so much to have a child...and then there are people who don't give a sh*t about the ones they have...I pray this baby recovers, and I hope the man responsible gets his...

378 days ago


This gonna effect my fantasy team?

378 days ago


Can someone bring Jigsaw in to "take care" of this punk? A piece of garbage who beats someone's two-year old to death deserves a SLOW and painful punishment. Pump him with adrenaline so he doesn't pass out from the pain.

I'm angry and sickened beyond words.

378 days ago


Such a heart breaking story but too often heard nowadays, makes me sick to think that these 'men' are let near children by mothers who don't realise the dangers of a not so patient boyfriend. Hopefully women boot these men out of their lives for the sake of the children, I have experienced this myself.

378 days ago


this is so sad, prayers to all of the family...

378 days ago


so sorry for the parents of this poor baby, may you all find peace again soon

378 days ago


Sad to hear the baby is now on life support, mom to pull the plug if no improvement in 24 hrs......my heart breaks for this baby,,,,,why is this happening all over world...where was the mother!!!!

378 days ago


more info here...

378 days ago


That poor babyLord watch over him . The mother should be in jail along with her boyfriend and neither one should have b ond

378 days ago

Jamey Hunter    

So, what is this? Some secret love child no one knew about? Another baby mama hoping to get rich and leaves the kid to be severely injured.

378 days ago


So very sad. Little kids are so precious and fragile. Moms, if you have live-in boyfriends, consider NOT. Jealousy toward another man's child in the mind of a sub-human BEAST can kick in anytime, and that boy or girl will be gone forever. I hope someone kills the monster who did this.

378 days ago
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