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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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31.

Vince    

This is not good news for fantasy owners. Damn, hope he plays.

275 days ago
32.

RD    

Man, I wonder what it feels like to be the most despised and hated man in the US. Since Snowden is in Russia I guess Joseph Patterson wins. Patterson is going to have a miserable rest of his life.

275 days ago
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SouthXSider3    

If I were him id have the mother tortured an beheaded slowly...an as for tht other f**k...well they got him in prison I hope they beat the f**k out of him till he dies in a painfully slowly death...

275 days ago
34.

SouthXSider3    

So f**ked up

275 days ago
35.

Jessy    

This is so sad.

275 days ago
36.

Ginger Pail    

Let's donate his organs to someone in need!

275 days ago
37.

Passion Of The Taint    

Kill Adrian Peterson!!!! Now!!!

275 days ago
38.

JFC10    

So sad. How can anyone hurt a child. RIP young child.

275 days ago
39.

txgal    

The world is just too cruel. Rest with the angels baby, no one can hurt you know.

275 days ago
40.

Happy    

AP, sorry for your loss. Such a sad day when people can be so disturbing @skit under such horrific times.

275 days ago
41.

Miara    

Horrific! No parent should ever have to go through this!!!! Love and prayers to the parents and loved ones...

275 days ago
42.

DeeMaree    

From all I have read, Adrian Peterson rushed to his son's bedside, yes a son he knew about but was not known to the public. Adrian stayed at his side but the boy was and is dead. He was unresponsive from the time the paramedics arrived and began treatment. There was never any brain response, any response at all. The machine is on because organs will be donated but this little guy is no more. Why would Adrian want too stay with a woman that had left this child with a man who has a record of beating his own woman (wife?), child, and his own mother. That is the woman's burden to bear. I have to think surely she was unaware of his violent past. Prayers for all concerned except the animal who did this to the little guy. RIP sweet angel.

275 days ago
43.

6one9    

Oh`````` he WILL get his in prison!!
SMMFH on this one!!

275 days ago
44.

jordan    

Beyond sad How can someone do this. I hope joseph patterson gets whats coming to him Rip little child and my prays our with adrian peterson and everyone who's effected by this lost

275 days ago
45.

bobzillah    

I bet AP breaks the single game rushing record this week!.....any takers?

275 days ago
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