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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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181.

Flash    

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.

325 days ago
182.

chucklehead    

Please take custody of your other child. it is obvious that the mother lacks all sense.

325 days ago
183.

sunnyFLA    

I hear Adrian took $75K out of the bank maybe bailing this POS out and take a little ride down the road.....

325 days ago
184.

ginny. C    

this is a sad and upsetting to here , if this women has ever seen this man hit this child before and continued to let him be around this child and continue to see this man, which I could not understand why she would if her child was important to her, then not only should he go to jail she should go also for neglect but that is only if he has ever abused this child before and she knew it. But she should loose custody of this child if she is gonna continue to think of herself and not her child
again I pray that this child is gonna be ok and recover this is heart breaking and I pray for the child and the family of the child

325 days ago
185.

smurfbitch    

How easy it is for all of you to sit in judgment on a mother you dont know and a situation you know virtually nothing about. Domestic violence victims could tell you in answer to all of your where was the mother questions that either she had no clue the man was abusive or she was a victim herself there are things that as a victim that are beyond your control how dare anyone judge a family that's going through such trauma. And how many of you would look past your own pain of loosing a child to donate precious organ's that will save the lives of someone else's precious children. Shame on you for turning a traumatic situation into gossip and trash talk.. prime example of what's wrong with the world today.

325 days ago
186.

Erice    

It sucks to have to read all this. I am not defending the suspect but he is a close acquaintance of mine and I can't figure out how this happened

325 days ago
187.

EhTrain7    

Prayers go out to AP and his son; can't believe someone would be such a monster

325 days ago
188.

Matthew Biggs     

I have rescued kids form violent people in the past. I hope the little guy makes it, and the person who did this never gets paroled.
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325 days ago
189.

jim    

I hope South Dakota has the death penalty...

325 days ago
190.

Butterfly    

DEAR GOD, there is nothing this precious little boy could have done to be so savagely beaten, NOTHING!!! WHAT HAS HAPPENED TO OUR COUNTRY with such VIOLENCE against ANYONE let alone INNOCENT CHILDREN ??? Here's a suggestion, THROW ALL the Wash. DC so-called "lawmakers" out and start ALL OVER with a brand new set of politicians who will restore our country to what our forefathers fought so hard for!!! EXAMPLE- this current fight in DC who are working for themselves and friends instead of our country. CUT THEIR PAY and all the "PERKS" they enjoy and let them struggle like the rest of us, EXCEPT the Kardashians who haven't done a decent day's work for their status!!! How many politicians will pray for a complete recovery for this child who is so dangerously close to death??? NOT ONE!!! NOT ONE!!! NOT ONE!!! Every one of them will sleep comfortably without a pray or thought for this little boy. COUNT ON IT!!! COUNT ON IT!!! COUNT ON IT!!!

325 days ago
191.

Stryker    

with AP's money I'd bail him out myself and administer proper justice

325 days ago
192.

Erin    

Omg! That is insane. WTF is wrong with people?

We met Adrian Peterson in London a few weeks ago and he was the kindest man ever.

325 days ago
193.

blake    

don't bother to try the child abuser... save the system the expense, and spare the boy's family anymore emotional trauma. just shoot the muthafukker

325 days ago
194.

CJinSD    

Sounds like the little guy didn't make it... thoughts and prayers for the family.

325 days ago
195.

battchick    

All it takes is one time people!! Have you ever left your kid with a sitter or a friend? Not even once? We cannot control how people act in certain situations. So don't slam the mother here. I am sure she is suffering immensely.+

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