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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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196.

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.+

286 days ago
197.

Joe Dolan    


If we all pray hard enough, God will heal the child. He can raise the dead! Says so right in the Bible!

286 days ago
198.

laurab    

The little boy died..just reported

286 days ago
199.

Mickey    

I'm a little puzzled by this situation. Is this just a "love child". I havent heard anything about how close Peterson is to this kid. Also , if things are really as bad as being reported, why hasn't he left the team to be with his son? Which is why I'm wondering if he has any relationship with this kid

286 days ago
200.

Joe Dolan    

Looks like all the people who promised that they were going to pray for the child are all liars. Figures.

286 days ago
201.

jimrm    

we need to let adrian take out his fellings on the mans face, give him a taste of punishment.!!

286 days ago
202.

minister sinister    

1st off, i would like to send my condolences and prayers to adrian,his family,and this poor child.2nd,i believe that the thing that is responsible for this is beaten to death publicly and then burned alive on pay-per-view,and the mother of this child also be accountable for neglect,and never has a child ever again.disgusting.

286 days ago
203.

Jelly41    

What should happen to the abuser is a no-brainer. However, the father goes back to practice almost immediately. The child dies and dad is still going to play football in a couple of days. Does Adrian Peterson have anything more pressing to do on day of funeral? His value has gone down.

286 days ago
204.

Joe Dolan    

I fir one am impressed with Adrian's dedication to his job. Thank you, Peterson, thank you.

286 days ago
205.

Lara    

This is so sick. I don't know how any one could beat a child. This woman knew that he had a domestic violent past yet still put harms way in this child's life, and look what happened... he deserves a hell of a punishment, and as far as that mom she deserves some kind of punishment as well losing custody of that child and something more, this isn't far for that kid. My prays go out to his family.

286 days ago
206.

Cyndy    

Put the animal in general population ...he will be history!!!!

286 days ago
207.

Carolyn     

SMH, if these women have to start paying money to get a back ground check on these men that they bring home it would worth the money. These days you have to very careful who you leave your kids with, every one dont like kids. Some just want to be with that women. But he dont have to worry about every closing his eyes where he is going. That's exactly how he will probably end up when they find him.

286 days ago
208.

Whatever    

Prayers to his family hope that bastard pay big time and the child mother to for not protecting that child. rip little man! :'(

286 days ago
209.

nashacleaver    

That's sad.. I send prayers to Adrian Peterson and his family. His mother should've protected her little boy from people like that.

286 days ago
210.

denise a atwood    

He should be put in for life.And done like done to child.Because a child should not go throw that.

286 days ago
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