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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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liberalchild804    

my prayers go out to the little boy, but Adrian as a black man needs to do better and rise above the pattern of absent black fathers

289 days ago
47.

david 183    

Damn that makes my blood boil. Attacking an innocent child. Put him in a room with Adrian Peterson and we will see justice. What a punk he must be.

289 days ago
48.

Milo34    

Don't worry the Homies will have a good time with this idiot in prison!

289 days ago
49.

Kelly Rollins    

Give AP five minutes alone with this d bag coward!

This child beater will get his own when he goes to prison...he WILL become prisoners romantic B*tch!

Let's pray that "Lil Jesus" survives without long lasting effects of this beating...what child deserves something like this?

289 days ago
50.

bernergirl    

No one should have to go through this. Prayers to AP and his little boy.

289 days ago
51.

Lina    

TMZ, this:

"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."

...means that either the 2 year old boy fathered a child, and that THAT child was beaten... or that Adrian Peterson himself was beaten by his baby mama's boyfriend, and somehow that put his toddler son in the hospital, rather than himself.

I think you mean "the child's mother." Geez, even after a rough night of sh*tty sleep, I could spot that. Proof reading, TMZ... proof reading.

289 days ago
52.

peoplesuck    

Hey liberalchild804 you are one real piece of s*** what is wrong with you? On what planet does a working father(because that is what he is doing) get blamed for some sick ******* that beat his son?? If he was away on a business trip would you still blame him? Do you want to know who is to blame? Try blaming the ******** that was arrested for the crime. Oh and btw being black doesn't have anything to do with any of this so why bring it up

289 days ago
53.

LACY    

I hope that baby recovers with no permanent issues/problems. I am afraid to see the update though.

289 days ago
54.

Sara    

How sad. I hope he goes after that mother and gets custody! What kind of woman lets a man put his hands on her kid?

289 days ago
55.

Jennifer    

Oh lord please be with this baby!!! They need to let dude outta jail and let Peterson get ahold of him! That will be justice!!!

289 days ago
56.

boo    

That man (boy) is a coward. He beat a baby to exert his power and dominance. He is a f'ing coward! Dante has a special circle in hell for animals like him.

289 days ago
57.

AngelaMcW    

Many prayers going to Adrian Peterson and his family. I pray that his son is able too recover from such horrible abuse. May the full weight of justice cone down upon the man who would hurt an innocent child. Wee stand string with you Adrian - you are not alone. Good bless you, I'm so sorry such evil has touched your life and that of your precious child.

289 days ago
58.

Phappy2012    

The person to blame is this child's mother where was she and why was this BOYFRIEND in the home without her women need to stop bringing these men around their children

289 days ago
59.

stansbury81    

Damn Mr. Joseph Patterson needs his ass beat try hitting someone who hits back

289 days ago
60.

Gretel    

Damn these women who will sacrifice their children for any semblance of a "man" in their beds. She should be tried for attempted murder. HE should be handed over to Peterson and any other NFL player who wants to take a shot and beaten to a bloody pulp so he knows how it feels to be beaten and helpless. Rabid animal does not deserve to live.

289 days ago
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