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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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211.

Patty McCoy    

What could a two year old baby have done to deserve this? He should be put away so no other child preys victim to this monster.

323 days ago
212.

Bigmouth    

I'm just pissed that the child is dead! I'm riding till the end to see what really happened! Nobody deserves their life taken. Now if it due to the boyfriend beating the child or the scenario of the tainted immunization (Silvermaven's comment) somebody needs to pay! Person or corporation! Nobody has the right to do God's job!

323 days ago
213.

Katie    

I just wish like all of us out there that we would have protected him. May you rest in peace Sweet BABY

323 days ago
214.

WLou    

MEN, please be selective when you have unprotected sex. Make sure IF you are having casual sex with a woman YOU wrap it up. Don't rely on her memory to take her pill. After all, if she is having casual sex with you...her reasoning skills are questionable.

323 days ago
215.

Mema    

This is so sad, hold your little ones close..give them a hug.

323 days ago
216.

hummergirl7    

Adrian hang in there losing a child is aweful youll never ever get over it but keep the faith prayers to you and your family always god bless

323 days ago
217.

Paddy    

Hope the coward is taught his lesson multiple times in prison until he needs a wheelchair ans a seeing eye dog

323 days ago
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Lisa B    

For those wondering why he might still play in Sunday's game- read this article. It definitely seems like football is his preferred way to deal with pain. And it seems like he sure has had a lot of it :(
http://usatoday30.usatoday.com/sports/football/draft/2007-04-18-sw-adrian-peterson_N.htm

323 days ago
219.

Ca2Az    

My prayers to Adrian Peterson. My wish is for this pos to suffer a miserable and long death.

323 days ago
220.

lol weezy    

very sory and may his soul rest in peace

323 days ago
221.

Carla Renfroe    

What the actual F**k! I hope he is expecting a visit from the babys dad and a few of his friends!!

323 days ago
222.

anne2    

To the poster trying to blame this on "tainted immunizations"....How DARE you!!! How dare you!! For over 50 years we have given you people every opportunity to better yourselves! From food stamps to free housing to affirmative action to supporting homes for the aged to everything else you can name! Yet you you you choose the thug life generally,,look inside of the prisons for starters! Year after year day after day look at the Thugs and s*** who make the TMZ front pages....until you people try to catch a clue and learn how to parent nothing will change...!

323 days ago
223.

Lake    

"God bless everyone" ? I would laugh if that weren't so ridiculous. And why does anyone have to TWEET anyway?

Beating a toddler to death. Yum. Such a lovely crime! Horrifying.

323 days ago
224.

DeeMaree    

This boy was killed by a monster named Patterson. The boy was dead, no response, when the paramedics got there. Why did they put in breathing tube and bring him in. Idk. Maybe he was still warm. But the baby never showed brain activity. He was dead. Machines were keeping him breathing, that's it. AP was informed and he immediately flew in and was beside his dead son's side. I'm sure when the hospital checked his brain scan and still no activity, THEY approached the parents about organ donation. If there were any problems with his organs they could not be donated. I'm so glad his parents said YES. OMG. Out of this horror others might have been saved. They keep the machines on until they are ready to harvest the organs. Organs have to be transplanted in a short amount of time to be viable. Adrian Peterson did not stay to see his dead son donate organs. Would you? As for the mother. If she was negligent, she will be charged. It's hard not to blame her when you can check up on people so easily now a days. This guy had a violent past beating his own child, holding the child's mom at knifepoint twice, she had restraining orders against him and he knocked his own mom around. I have to ask, did she check? Did she know? If not, then why not? But I'm going to wait and hear the full story. Again, sympathies to this little guy's family.

323 days ago
225.

Elden    

a slow painful death for this son of a bitch , jail is to easy

323 days ago
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