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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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106.

Nathan    

That guy is gonna be dead before trail. Adrian Peterson plays in the NFL, there is likely a couple murderers on his team he can use.

273 days ago
107.

STFU    

Implausible. A grown as$ man would do something like this to a child. Women need be careful about every Tom, Dick and Harry they date particularly if you have a child. I pray that the 8 year old will be ok.

273 days ago
108.

STFU    

Implausible.

A grown as$ man would do something like this to a child. Women need be careful about every Tom, Dick and Harry they date particularly if you have a child.

273 days ago
109.

Josh    

Nice job AP setting your son up in an apartment in South Dakota. Loser!

273 days ago
110.

Truth    

USA TODAY SAYS THE DOUCHE PATTERSON HAD LIKE 3 PROTECTION AGAINST HIM FROM CHICS SINCE HIGH SKOOL. ANOTHER CHRIS BROWN GONE WILD. #TRUTH!!

273 days ago
111.

Truth    

USA TODAY SAYS THE DOUCHE PATTERSON HAD LIKE 3 PROTECTION ORDERS AGAINST HIM FROM CHICS SINCE HIGH SKOOL. ANOTHER CHRIS BROWN GONE WILD. #TRUTH!!

273 days ago
112.

Elena C    

Perfect example on how wrong these judges are in family court for automatically thinking a child would be better off with their mother. A lot of these bitches only want their children around to get child support and have no real interest in protecting and raising their child. So ****ing sad!

273 days ago
113.

jeffnice53    

Liberal choice 804 Or wht ever your name is you're. one dum son of a bitch to blaim AP for wht some Maniacdid to his son.

273 days ago
114.

Ryan Funderburg    

I hope AP doesn't do anything that will hamper his career. Greatest player in the game, and ruining it for a s***bag like that just isn't worth his time.... But the thought of AP in a closed room with this guy brings a smile to my face.

273 days ago
115.

grannyagainstabuse    

10 children die every single day from child abuse and it is an epidemic that remains swept under the rug. April is Child Abuse Prevention month - did you see ANYONE stepping up and making PSA announcements??? (One group - Linkin Park did!) We talk about gay pride, black pride, Hispanic pride, and even autism awareness, and don't get me started on who animal abuse is constantly talked about, but no one addresses this epidemic. WHY??? Until YOU stand up and do something, you don't get to complain. For example - around $20 million is donated annually to fight animal abuse - do you know how much is donated to fight child abuse? Around $1 Million. Yes, that's right. As a society we care more about animals than children. A little boy was beaten to death in Ohio last April. His killer has been charged with a crime that will land him 2-5 years in prison. He would have received a stricter sentence if he had abused (not killed) an animal. STEP UP - DO SOMETHING!!!

273 days ago
116.

Barbara    

A heartbreaking story. I hope this POS gets beat within an inch of his miserable life when he gets to prison.

273 days ago
117.

scott    

You better hope AP doesn't get his hands on you, you sick POS

273 days ago
118.

buggaz    

What happens when you give custody to the ho'

273 days ago
119.

Keyser Söze    

Can't wait for gen-pop to get their hands on this worthless muthaf*cker, when he lands in prison.

He's gonna learn the righteous way what happen to 'tough guys' that like hitting babies... Even hardcore Packers fans are going to have a go at him.

273 days ago
120.

grannyagainstabuse    

The mother shouldn't get to make ANY decisions! She already made one REALLY BAD one that killed her child!

273 days ago
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