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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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christy    

what a %^$$#@)!!!!%^%$####!!!!
I hope they destroy him in prison.

HARVY - the green grass background on here is STUPID. You can't read flipping article.

NOw PLEASE, someone tell me what happened
to Max and Mike. Just curious. Thanks

345 days ago
17.

Meg    

What a piece of sh*t. Put AP and this guy in a room together and he'll see how tough he is. Absolutely disgusting.

345 days ago
18.

Sarah     

Thoughts and prayers going up.

345 days ago
19.

David    

Let Adrian have for a while. Then if there is anything left, turn him over to the police.

345 days ago
20.

Mimi    

Prayers for the Peterson baby!
.
Why not attempted murder charges?

345 days ago
21.

ramrock23    

Prayers for lil peterson and for pops. And may mom and her boyfriend feel god's wrath for their actions

345 days ago
22.

inkfreak    

The boyfriend Mr. Patterson needs his throat slit.

345 days ago
23.

-_-    

Wow... I hope that child will be OK and AP tears him up

345 days ago
24.

Quinn    

Who beats a defenseless two year old? What could that child have done? NOTHING. I hope that someone beats him to an inch of his life. Then when he recovers, they do it again. and again.

345 days ago
25.

Jeems    

Praying and positive thoughts for this baby and the family. Now, I hope that son of a bitch that did this to this child gets his.

345 days ago
26.

Sticky Icky    

Heartbreaking.

345 days ago
27.

sandy    

That's really horrible

345 days ago
28.

sandy    

Think how much child support he is probably paying her too

345 days ago
29.

Julie    

Oh yeah, that dude is a :"real man," beating up a 2-year old. Praying for the little boy's full and complete recovery.

345 days ago
30.

Jasharon    

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345 days ago
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