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Adrian Peterson

Met Son for 1st Time In Hospital

10/12/2013 9:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

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Adrian Peterson only recently learned he was the father of a 2-year-old boy in South Dakota ... and met him for the first time Thursday ... while the boy was on life support, TMZ has learned. 

Multiple sources connected to the situation tell us ... roughly 2-3 months ago, the mother of the child had a paternity test done with an ex she suspected to be the father, in an effort to collect child support from him.

But the test turned up negative, so the woman went to Adrian ... with whom she had a sexual encounter several years ago.

We're told ... when Adrian was first informed about the matter, he didn't question the possibility he was the dad -- but rather asked how he could help the situation.

Sources tell us ... a few weeks ago, A.P. started to plan a trip to South Dakota to meet the child for the first time and he was supposed to fly out later this month.

But when he heard the news about the attack on the 2-year-old, Peterson dropped everything and jetted over to Sioux Falls as soon as he could.

We're told Adrian met the child for the first time while the boy was on life support.

Multiple sources tell us ... Adrian has been very involved since the tragedy and was the one pushing to have the child's organs donated to other people in need of a transplant.

As for the suspect, Joey Patterson, we're told Adrian has never met the guy.

We reached out to Adrian and the mother of the child for comment -- so far, no word back from either side.

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billy pootons    

this story at least makes a little bit of sense now, even if it is a terrible story

189 days ago
137.

charl62089    

Didnt TMZ have a photo of AP Kissing this kid???

189 days ago
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JudyP65    

Boy was 2 yrs. old and this was the first time to see him?? He's as bad as the creep that killed him. Maybe if he had been involved in this child's life, this death may not have happened. Boyfriend needs to go to jail for life if it's proved he did this,

189 days ago
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Kitty Pussy Cat    

This Adrian Peterson sounds like a good guy. He didnt abandon the child, he just wasnt aware and to encourage giving his organs is commendable.
Hope the BF that did this rots in hell

189 days ago
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ProtectRChildren    

It breaks my heart to hear about any child being abused and beaten to death and blows my mind that anyone could hurt a defenseless child. They should prosecute the boyfriend and the mother to the full extent of the law, including the death penalty, if warranted. My husband and I struggled for years to have a child and we are now blessed with a beautiful baby boy. It's my duty as his Mommy to protect him just as it was this women's responsibility to protect her baby from an abusive boyfriend. Shame on her. This is not about AP and whether or not the baby was his. Shame on you TMZ for making it so. My prayers go out to AP and the family. This little boy is now an angel in heaven and in a safe and happy place where he is protected and no one can hurt him anymore... God bless you little one!

188 days ago
141.

ProtectRChildren    

It breaks my heart to hear about any child being abused and beaten to death and blows my mind that anyone could hurt a defenseless child. They should prosecute the boyfriend and the mother to the full extent of the law, including the death penalty, if warranted. My husband and I struggled for years to have a child and we are now blessed with a beautiful baby boy. It's my duty as his Mommy to protect him just as it was this women's responsibility to protect her baby from an abusive boyfriend. Shame on her. This is not about AP and whether or not the baby was his. Shame on you TMZ for making it so. My prayers go out to AP and the family. This little boy is now an angel in heaven and in a safe and happy place where he is protected and no one can hurt him anymore... God bless you little one!

188 days ago
142.

Lee    

what a horrible father. no need to feel sorry for him. he had plenty of time to see his baby. oh well. one less black baby to feed.

188 days ago
143.

Lee    

the man is a lousy father. he had plenty of time to see his baby and now wants the public to feel sorry for him. oh well. one less black baby in the world.

188 days ago
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todd hall    

lee that is a shameful thing to say this is a innocent child that was killed. tell me what can a two year old boy do to have some a$$hole take his life. iam a white dude and i think its a shame that baby boys life is over. lee do you have children how would you feel if someone some how thought this world is now better off your baby is gone. come on dude aint this world crazy enough without people thinking so what its just a child who happens to be a different culture then mine. iam the same guy who wrote the response to your comment. todd from down south. p.s. i bet if you was in a life or death struggle you could care less what color the person was who was saving you. todd

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