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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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363 COMMENTS

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61.

s.dot    

Hope Adrian Peterson ****s him up after hes out or put a hit on his bitch ass n let some bullies **** him up for a small amount..take ur kid back from that dirty whore leaving ur son around evil people n look what happened smh...FULL CUSTODY **** THAT BITCH N HER MAN

189 days ago
62.

gina    

and watch they are going to arrest him for hitting her now stupid she deserves that for being so stupid

189 days ago
63.

AngelaMcW    

Many apologies for the faults of auto correct. My comments mistakes were not of,my doing. I am not an uneducated woman...that being said...the most important part of the comment is to offer prayers and support. Many apologies...Many prayers.

189 days ago
64.

mrbeaner    

String that ****er up by the balls until they tear off then beat him with a lead pipe.

189 days ago
65.

6one9    

Ole JOE is gonna get a beat down when and IF he gets out of jail!!
###############
No one beats a 2 yr old and gets away with it!
Get him boyz!

189 days ago
66.

kitnplayn    

A 27-year old man beating a baby unconscious. That man is gonna be deader than a door nail.

189 days ago
67.

Cecilia     

I am not ready to rush to judgement on the mother. She may have sustained the injury trying to protect her son and was overpowered. I don't know but I want to wait and see before making it her fault.

189 days ago
68.

Pgcounty1932    

Liberalchild804 can't be male with a statement like that. That is black feminist talk anti black male talk

189 days ago
69.

Joe Dolan    

I hope he scores 2 TDs this week. Would really help my fantasy team.

189 days ago
70.

Don    

Well when and if he gets out on bail, he should leave the country.

As a Dad, the law would not get in between me and him in doling out justice
He'll wind up in a dumpster, no doubt

The real importance though at this moment, blessings and prayers to that innocent child

189 days ago
71.

rockets13    

Liberalchild804 ur the biggest ****ing idiot go suck a dick *******..

189 days ago
72.

Ann    

Sick. I would kill that guy with my bare hands.

189 days ago
73.

William    

Why do black people have all these illegitimate children with a bunch of partners? Then, they are not there to protect their children.

189 days ago
74.

Black Adam    

When will these ball players learn to stop messing with these Ghetto Girls, just because they got a big Booty.

189 days ago
75.

jaq jaq    

Prayers for the boy and his family. - could we just turn a blind eye while the 'Vikings" handle that a-hole and the woman that let him near her son (apparently repeatedly).

189 days ago
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