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Adrian Peterson's Son

Dies From Injuries

10/11/2013 8:25 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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3:00 PM PDT: 
Peterson just sent a series of Tweets: "God Bless everyone and thank u so much. The NFL is a fraternity of brothers and I am thankful for the tweets, phone calls and text messages from my fellow players. Thank you to my family, my fans and fans of other teams for their support."

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Adrian Peterson's 2-year-old son has died ... cops have confirmed.

Cops believe Peterson's son was severely beaten by 27-year-old Joseph Patterson, the man who was dating the mother of the NFL star's child.

As we reported, the mother of the child has decided to donate the child's organs to people in need.

The boy was on life support since 5:30 PM Thursday ... but his condition never improved ... so family members made the decision to take the child off the ventilator.

Sources tell TMZ .. Adrian was informed about the situation before the news went public.

We're told Peterson will be planning the funeral with other members of the boy's family.

Patterson was initially arrested in Sioux Falls, South Dakota for assault and battery of an infant -- and now, it's almost certain the charges will be elevated to murder. 

The details surrounding the beating are unclear -- but cops say medical responders were called to the apartment where the child was living on Wednesday evening ... and he was unresponsive when help arrived.

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136.

Umm ok...    

Had he ever spent any time at all with this child ever? I have no respect for Adrian Peterson any longer...he's publically accepting condolences for a child he never publically admitted was his until today. The boyfriend should rot in jail but the mother & father are at the very least, completely incompetent & neglectful. The mom, picked the boyfriend and decided to leave her baby in hos care. And when's the last time Adrian looked in on any situation surrounding this son he told nobody about?? So sad. So very wrong.

292 days ago
137.

who farted    

I'm so sick of hearing about these desperate horny women dating men who go and beat, abuse and molest their kids so the women can have a warm body at night. Disgsting!!!

292 days ago
138.

nof    

At the age of two your chances of being murdered?


Should be low.


But put a two year old around one stress case or a PAIR of stress cases?


He's got about a one in eight chance to survive.


I lived through beatings like this at the age of two - so did a brother who later said f-it.


A.P. is going to receive enough bad attention.


So me I just say a prayer knowing the kid's in a better place -


Brings me back to my own beatings, though, that's fo-sure certain.


Where you're almost HOPING they land a fatal blow.


Put YOU out of THEIR misery.

292 days ago
139.

nof    

What kind of person/people beat a child?


Broken ones.


Mine were high school drop-outs, truants.


Partyers.

292 days ago
140.

verlinda    

Condolences to the Family...R.I.P.

292 days ago
141.

Keane    

"The mother of the child has decided to donate the child's organs to people in need."

It shouldn't be her decision to make. Her child is dead because she exposed him to a child murdering monster. If I was Adrian Peterson I wouldn't even let her attend the funeral.

292 days ago
142.

Lina    

I'm just disgusted by anyone who could beat an innocent child. I hope this son of a bitch gets the death penalty... no, wait, scratch that; I hope he is sentenced to life in prison, with frequent abuse from fellow inmates who still wouldn't stoop to abusing and killing children, themselves.

292 days ago
143.

I DON'T GIVE A F    

My heart goes out to that little boy... I was abused by step "parents" on both sides after my parents divorced... People, please be careful who you let care for your children. Real talk.

292 days ago
144.

dd    

Arrest the mother too, she knew her boyfriend was violent!

292 days ago
145.

Sue    

Sorry not understanding how you just "go on" and play Sunday when your son just died in the most brutal way. I can see how much he really cared. And the mother to say hey just take him off support and donate. I just say WTF. Maybe this child is much better off with God.

292 days ago
146.

onefeather    

The mother should be in jail also, to have the child around someone like that she is just as guilty

292 days ago
147.

Theresa    

STILL A FREAKING A$$HOLE JERK FOR SAYING HE WAS GOING TO PLAY FOOTBALL BEFORE HIS SON DIED !!!

292 days ago
148.

elle    

South Dakota DOES allow the death penalty - no doubt this b@stard will be sentenced to death. In my opinion the mother deserves the same.

To AP - everyone here in Minnesota supports you & feels your pain. Please take whatever time you need for yourself & your family.

292 days ago
149.

shewentwhoa    

Poor little baby. Heaven gained a sweet angel.

292 days ago
150.

valerie singh    

My thoughts and prayers go out to Adrian Peterson and the family. I cannot understand how a 2yr. old boy deserves that kind of abuse. No child deserves any physical abuse. Joseph Patterson deserves the harshest of penelties.

292 days ago
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