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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.


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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Well, sadly it looks like this poor little boy will not make it. It is unforgivable that his mother didn't do more to protect him from the monster she chose to keep in their lives. I hope the justice system is swift and harsh on this POS for what he did to this innocent baby. Damn.

385 days ago


My blood is boiling right now over this. No clue who this person is but you do NOT attack a child. Ever. That man would already have body parts scattered along various states if this was my child.

385 days ago


this is the worst thing I've read on TMZ. I am very upset. A baby?? WTF is wrong with this guy? I hope that sick SOB rots in jail.

385 days ago


BASTARD! How The Hell Can Anyone Do Such A Thing!!!

385 days ago


Who would seriously hit a 2 years old that hard enough to put him on life support. Don't you have self-control and a small tap for this age is sufficient or even firm words. Now mind you a 2 years old has just barely even grasp his full abilities and what his boundaries is as of yet and they seek for their loved parents/ones to direct them appropriately to dos and don'ts, but again the key words here is they seek in a loving way, not in a beating way. I really have no words to the 27 years old that thought it was okay to hit a child that isn't even his. Where was the self-control. People before you react, breath in and silence your anger via meditation. If you do these breath/meditate you will see that everything is a blessing and innocent, meaning whatever this 2 years old was doing before getting this horrific beat down, he was probably doing something innocent that apparently was deemed bad, but shame that this 27 years old couldn't see that. We are very hard on our kids and shut them up with horrific physical and verbal abuse. When does it end!!! Love you kids, listen to them, they are actually put in your life to better your life and to better you. Anyway, please make Summit Meditation Center found on facebook part of your daily routine so that you inspire and appreciate not do the opposite of this foolish 27 years old. Hope you learned your life lesson and should be ashame of yourself. This is for that blessed 2years old. May all of your pain be removed from you and we only could image how much pain you have had to endure by the end of this foolish being. Hope you make it and become something amazing https://www.facebook.com/SummitMeditationCenter

385 days ago


Prayers for the little boy.

385 days ago


This is a great way to reveal your secret son to the public.

385 days ago


What about the mother. The guy should fry, yes. But she should be under the microscope on this and face equal charges if she was aware of any abuse.
I'm tired of women getting a pass on this. If she knew she may as well have hit the poor kid herself.

385 days ago

Terry Woods    

How awful

385 days ago

Joe Dolan    

Thank God! Just read he's back at practice! Big game this week...

385 days ago

Bossy Potato    

This is so sad. Sick son of a b!tch that did this should be raped and beaten for the rest of his life. Bastard.

385 days ago

Mponjoli malakasuka    

Prayers for the little one

385 days ago

Wow ...    

OMG, who beats a child like this??? WTF! My sincere sympathy to Mr. Peterson.

385 days ago


i hope he beats his ass!!!

385 days ago


This is so very sad. I hope someone in jail beats this POS to death and the sooner the better!

385 days ago
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