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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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61.

Truth44    

This POS who did this will rot in hell!! Good luck lasting long in jail, i'm sure there are going to be quite a few ppl who want your head on a platter!!!

356 days ago
62.

wow    

i just want to say is think about it this little one had to look at this man who killed him his little eyes saw the hate and anger and i cant imagine the fear in his little mind ... i just hate that i am glad this person is going to be charged with murder cause that is what he did.. to a innocent little baby . i pray to god that he is killed in prison to boot.. someone finds out who he killed and takes him out.. cause i am sorry you never hurt a child.. ever.. if you get mad then walk away.. its that simple you can get your lazy ass up and go into another room or call someone up to take care of the baby and when they get there leave so you can get your self under control. you never hit a baby ever.

356 days ago
63.

Sassy    

May God bless you. And cover u n ur time of morning

356 days ago
64.

jlodman    

May God send the power of healing to you and your family. In Jesus name.

356 days ago
65.

MsKimm    

This poor child. But you people talking bad about A.P. Wow, you should be ashamed. You don't know why they weren't together. So this isn't on him. This is on her and the Pig who did this. You don't know what his visits were. So step off your high horse. His still working is obviously his avenue to accept this. Put your anger where it belongs.

356 days ago
66.

lesmoore    

I hope Adrien gets a few moments in a locked room with this s*** bag

356 days ago
67.

erixckaa    

Just because he is famous doesn't mean everybody needs to give him more sympathy. . Of course poor child but he isn't the only child getting abused... What about Brianna Lopez the poor babygirl that was only 5months old being raped abused by her own family members.. Child abuse needs to stop... These lil angels dnt deserve this. .. Never never leave ur child with anybody cusz u dnt know what there capable of...

356 days ago
68.

OhReally    

One thing is tru people who go to jail for murdering a child, senior citizens eventually die by other inmates .. I hope he get's his turn .. R.I.P lil man so sad ..

356 days ago
69.

QueenSilos    

Some of these comments are so unnecessary!! All that matters is this little boy lost his life & that is always tragic... They obviously had reasons for taking their son off the machine who is anyone to judge what they decided.

356 days ago
70.

ocgirl    

So horrible. RIP little man.

I hope that POS gets what he deserves.

356 days ago
71.

NOT ELMO    

Cops believe Peterson's son was severely beaten by 27-year-old Joseph Patterson.........................I RECOMMEND THE DEATH PENALTY FOR JOSEPH PATTERSON

356 days ago
72.

Nekru    

South Dakota has death penalty. I hope that enward gets it in the arm (and by that I mean needles of death) very soon.

356 days ago
73.

gutsygirl    

Women need to stop subjecting their babies to these nuts, just to have a man in their life. Do not tell me she did not know he had a bad temper. Chances are good he had threatened the child before. Poor innocent children!

356 days ago
74.

Kelly    

The mother is equally responsible.

356 days ago
75.

kellie    

I hope that the other inmates beat him to death just like he did that sweet little angel. But I want it to be a daily beating up until the final day when the beating is so bad it kills him. What a disgusting piece of ****. Rot in hell you piece of garbage.

356 days ago
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