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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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226.

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.

284 days ago
227.

Elden    

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

284 days ago
228.

Pete    

So this ****ing piece of **** has a facebook page where it is apparent he has a child of his own: https://www.facebook.com/joey.patterson.79

Guess maybe his kid will have a chance to grow up without being beaten to death so that's a plus

284 days ago
229.

The world is disgusting    

I feel incredibly sad for this child who had a mother that obviously sought out damaged Ahole men to be with. One who beat her child to death and the other who couldn't even miss practice while HIS SON lay dying in a hospital bed. AP's smirky/creepy smile during the press conference as HIS SON lay dying says it all. Even if the mother barred AP from seeing the child in the hospital room,( which is highly doubtful that happened, AP surely has lawyers who would have got that taken care of in two seconds, if he had wanted.) he still should have been at the hospital as this boy's father! This child is better off where he is now than with the"parents" he had.

284 days ago
230.

DeeMaree    

Patterson had pleaded guilty in 2012 to simple assault in an incident involving an ex-girlfriend and her three-year-old son.
The woman requested a protection order saying that Patterson had spanked her little boy so hard that she had to ice the welts on his buttocks, according to the Argus.
She also said that he choked and punched her, threatened her with a knife and held her in the bedroom against her will, according to records.
She asked for the protection orders prior to the birth of the son she has with Patterson.
As part of his prior charges, Patterson was ordered to undergo family violence training and to stay away from the woman until completing it.
A different woman requested a protection order against Patterson in 2004 in Jackson County.
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So again the courts look the other way when facing a violent man and he takes "courses" on how not to beat women and children. I have an idea. Let us put women and child abusers in jail.

284 days ago
231.

Sammy    

No one will blame Adrian Peterson for what he does next. If I were a father. Nothing would keep me from getting that that piece of filth.

284 days ago
232.

Amber Olson     

When someone we love dies, it seems as if time stands still. And silence....a quiet sadness....often can be felt , not just heard, a longing for one more day..... One more word.... One more touch..... And we may not understand why god chose to have him leave earth so soon, or why he had to leave before we were ready to say goodbye, but little by little, we will begin to remember not just thet he died, but that he lived, and that his life gave us memories to beautiful to forget. We will seen him again someday, in a heavenly place where there is no parting. A place where there are no words that mean goodbye. In this sad world of ours, sorrow comes to all; and, to the young, it comes with bitterest agony because it takes them unaware. People die, memories don't, cherish the people in your life, let them know you love them because sometimes our loved ones are taken away from us so suddenly and tragically by sick people. R.I.P. little one you are safe now, you are with the angels. No one can hurt you any more.

284 days ago
233.

Lori    

This situations like these unfortunately they continue to happen because this bastard just like many who do things like these they know all they will get is jail! Which is BS! I bet you that if the law changes to where you get killed for killing an INOCENT child then people would think twice. But Nooooo first they go to court and waiste time and still they plead not guilty then they take them in and get fed three times a day! This **** needs to STOP! You kill then u must die the same way!

284 days ago
234.

Ohok     

Thank god I am not a member of the SCPD or I myself would've killed Patterson! No child deserves to be murdered!

284 days ago
235.

jpinPHX    

How could you let that happen to you son??? POS dad.. and supposedly you met him for the first time on his death bed? Its just a tragedy all around. Take care of your kids and make sure they are safe, dick. Yeah.. the guy that caused this needs to get his ass thrown off a ledge also. And the mom needs to face some charges too.

284 days ago
236.

Cameron Duggins    

the cops who found the killer need to take him to california and sentence him to death by electric chair that ****er needs to suffer like he made peterson's son i am sorry adrin for your lose. everything will be all right

284 days ago
237.

Melva Clifford    

My condolences to the family, my heart just got heavy all over again when my son called me to say, a child died again! I sure hope you get justice because our murderer went free with this police department, our baby suffered the same way, but someone in that police department failed us, we were Indian, they did nt care, and get this, the state took the kids and didn't give them boys to me or my son, they went back to the mother who put them in harms way. We had no money, so the state didn't want to charge! But look at you Sioux Falls SD, your in the news again, the spot light is on you, you best do it right this time!! In the mean time, I'll keep praying for justice. RIP babies!

284 days ago
238.

Tom    

Leave this poor guy alone for ****s sake

284 days ago
239.

sicminded    

what about all the others who died today? Where's the news on them?

284 days ago
240.

Steve    

****in murdering ******s!

284 days ago
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