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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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webonevenki    

Prayers r with you Adrianpeterson & ur family!! no words to explain what we feel rite now :(
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376 days ago
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rthx    

The best thing you can do now is sending Love and healing energy to the child. Think of the parents, the name and imagine white healing light in and around his head, healing. Do this for 15 minutes, off and on as often as possible.

376 days ago
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colbee    

Do you all even know that adrian peterson who we are putting up on a pedestal right now for being "so strong" and dedicated to his team....uhm guys....he never met his son till he was beat into a coma. First seeing him actually bc he has until recently even denied being the kids dad. Also apparently tried getting out of paying child support too. So lets put our thoughts and prayers where they belong. With this boy who never had a dad and who was brutally murdered before he had a chance to live his young life. Even tho the mom has alot of explaining to do and I question her horrendous judgement, I am inclined to feel much more sympathy for HER. The REAL parent. This childs ONLY parent

375 days ago
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MS.T-BABY    

NOW DIS IS COLD AS **** AM MS.TBABY A CELEBRITY IN DETROIT AM DA ONE WIT DA SONG ITS SO COLD IN THE D I HAVE 7MILLION HITS OFF MY VIDEO ON YOUTUBE ITS COLD EVERYWHERE REALTALK ITS COLD EVERYWHERE GHOST 100

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