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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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106.

Deborah Vierra    

I think it's f***ed up that in less than 24 hours the plug was pulled...didn't even give him a chance for some kind of miracle... I hope they can live with that.. I certainly could not.. I mean why the hurry to make the decision to end his life..??

346 days ago
107.

britianym    

RIP baby boy. My condolences to AP and all his family!!!

346 days ago
108.

Matthew    

if America reinstates death penalty to those who bring death to another human being nation wide, that's the only way the killings will stop.

If you watch the t.v show first 48 hrs, many of those folks are busted red handed, served,charged and released or charges dropped or sentences of 5 yrs are given, for taking someones life.

Sad indeed. only punishment for taking someones life should be ending the life of those who committed these kind of crimes.

346 days ago
109.

Livvie    

This is awful, poor baby. :-(

346 days ago
110.

JA    

How awful.

346 days ago
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kimberli f johnson    

Im disgusted with the commentary on this page.. Who gives a **** if he was with the mom if he acknowledged the kid or whatever. The baby is dead due to senseless violence.

346 days ago
112.

Gretchen    

My heart goes out to the Peterson family.

346 days ago
113.

bjay    

This makes me very, very sad. Prayers to A.P. & family. Their baby is an angel now.

346 days ago
114.

ASHLEY    

Joseph Patterson is not a man, he's a monster who just took an innocent boys life.
I sincerely hope he rots in jail for the rest of his miserable existence.
God bless to the Peterson family

346 days ago
115.

HANNAH    

BEAT HIM UP THEN HANG HIM!!! R.I.P LITTLE BOY

346 days ago
116.

*_* JUST A FRIEND *_*    

...Any adult that that abuses any defenseless kid in any-way-shape-or-form, deserves to have their ass reamed-to-a-pulp...

346 days ago
117.

lulu brown    

u stupid woman stop having ur so call man that is not the child father away from boyfriends , u are to blame!

346 days ago
118.

Sherron    

Where was the mother? I blame her as well for hanging with such trash! This coward would never beat on a man. Just helpless babies! I hope he gets the death penalty...

346 days ago
119.

ELLEN    

MY THOUGHTS AN PRAYERS GO OUT TO ADRIEN PETERSON FOR THE LOST OF HIS SON.WHAT A TRADGIC THING TO DO TO AN ENICENT CHILD...I HOPE HE ROTS IN PRISON FOR WHAT HE DID...

346 days ago
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Ciccel    

That's just awful. Poor little Soul. Too the mother of this little Angel you left with this walking dead man . His number up. But what about u. ? F#cking WHORE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

346 days ago
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