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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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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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181.

HatersGonnaHate    

Guess this was not APJr. but an affair child. the kid was the same age as APJr he has with his fiance. The baby mama had to do paternity testing becasue she didn't know who the father was. boy does this get more sad.

315 days ago
182.

Vote2012    

Very very sad story, this dangerous world we live in is full of mean and crazy people who do not respect life.

315 days ago
183.

momofthree    

Two things. 1. He wasn't even raising this kid; it was a booty call. And 2. The boyfriend has a history of domestic violence and has likely abused him before, so the mother knew about it. All of the adults here are trash. Poor baby never had a chance.

315 days ago
184.

12layme    

God this can't be real! Please god no! Karma a b----!

315 days ago
185.

scarlett06    

Sorry, you guys have WAY, WAY too much sports for me. You don't do it on your TV show so much, it seems, but I have no interest, nor do I know who half of them are, but it bores me!

Maybe I should have another celebrity based site, or a few, that I should use, and just watch TMZ on TV.

Obviously from "Not A Sports Fan", nor "Interested in the Entitled Lives of Athletes"!!!

Just don't get it and don't care.

Thank you for the celeb stuff anyway, but don't have the patience to sift thru the increasing number of sports realate articles.

What happened to the "Thirty Mile Zone"?? With all the celebs in that area, why do we have to hear about athletes all the time?

Thanks for listening, TMZ.....if you actually do!! :-)

315 days ago
186.

Robit    

Poor baby , He was TWO. 2 years old! what did he do that was so bad some grown man had to beat him. There is a special place in hell for men who kill kids.
My heart goes out to that baby and his family, RIP Baby boy, hugs xxx

315 days ago
187.

mary    

this is awful, i dont know how many times i have read that "moma" boyfriend, either killed or molested her child. women need to find out what kind of person someone is before they let them into their home or leave their children with them. the mother is supposed to protect their child above, their own selfish needs.

315 days ago
188.

BellaJ    

Violence against a child is just heartbreaking. I hope his son is resting peacefully

315 days ago
189.

Ozzie X    

That is truly sad. I don't think words can make anything better.

315 days ago
190.

BellaJ    

It takes a very SICK individual to beat a two year old child to death. The thought makes me sick. My exhusband was abusive but I called the police and he was arrested. There was no way I was going to allow him to hurt our child. NO WAY!! I don't know all the facts around this case but I wish his mom could have been stronger and protected her baby from this monster!

315 days ago
191.

pATTI GARDNER    

I am so sorry for your lost and I know that wont bring him back but I truly hope he rots in prison for the rest of his life and as for the mother she should have to go with him how can she not know that the was a bully and that he was just no good you know in your heart that your son was in gods arms the hold whole time the little guy had no pain I fully believed this. And now your son is with god he is happy where he is god bless you and your family

315 days ago
192.

Y.T. Houx    

TNB, just some TNB

315 days ago
193.

LordGobblecock    

I wish women would stop being attracted to bad boys and bringing them around your children. You may find them sexy to fck but theyre dangerous for your kids!

315 days ago
194.

Silvermaven    

How was all his organs not damaged if he received a beating? US has thousands of these parents and people going to jail because their kids are adding to the prion synergy of infections they gave us all in contaminated vaccines. And adding to the mix can make the brain and body look a beating took place. Its costing US taxpayers billions to keep these people in prison just to protect the profits of vaccine makers who KNOW over 90% of the pops are infected with spirochetal prion proteins they gave us for decades in vaccines.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yOno_2m_8LY
1 in 29 being born severely infected? NO all are. Some just get much worse by adding to the mix.

315 days ago
195.

Sky    

That guy who hurt the beautiful child had a tragic mental anguish that overtook him no doubt. The innocent child, so loved, and with a future for himself to decide soon enough was the unfortunate target. It's horrific. I hope that guy gets life. What a sad, sad situation. God Bless the child and the family that is now suffering the child's loss and has to have memories and horrific thoughts of the child's last moments in life. That guy is a nightmare who killed him...

315 days ago
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