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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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Amber Olson     

Come on people never mind the parents issues, we are talking about a 2 year old that was brutally killed by some sick f**k. Everyone of you have a valid point but it all comes down to a sick individual that took a life way too soon.

321 days ago
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Dead account Delete at will    

So much love in the air tonight!

321 days ago
18.

Amber Olson     

It's a sad situation that he just meet his child for the first time in the hospital so they say and that he will def. be at his next game ready to play. It's pretty sad to hear that but we need to think about the child and the horrific things done to him resulting in a child taken away too soon. Never mind the stupidity of the parents. They will have to live with this for the rest of their tie here on earth. Lets put that aside fora minute and think about this poor child that didn't deserve this at all.

321 days ago
19.

Truth bomb    

Nothing but a PR move here.Imagine how the NFL and Adrian's "brand" would look if he didn't go.

Sad that a baby has to fall victim to something that is all too rampant in sports and in the African American community in general. Another child born out of wedlock raised by unfit mothers.

Thy should have condom machines in classrooms starting from kindergarten..if these schools aren't gona teach you anything else the very leat they can do is install the idea that you are not ready to bring children into this world. Repeat it every ****in day.

321 days ago
20.

Truth    

THE MOTHER IS A WHITE CHIC, JUST SAYIN. #FACT #TRUTH!!

321 days ago
21.

Pavlov    

Amazing, considering yesterday's TMZ story on how AP and his son were so close, and you even posted a picture of them together. Inaccuracies aside, that story is worthy of a Pulitzer.

321 days ago
22.

joy    

Multiple sources, yet AP nor the baby momma havecommented. Sound like pll talking for cash. Leave itvalone. The bottom linr is FACT we know this little noy was killed. Taken too soon..BOTH his parents are crushed. RIP little Angel

321 days ago
23.

m    

you posted pics of them together....

321 days ago
24.

Crabby    

hopefully the whore mother will spread her legs to a serial killer

321 days ago
25.

static    

What a frigging tragic mess.

321 days ago
26.

NobodySpecial    

Another one just spawning children left and right.

321 days ago
27.

Nottellinu    

You "reached out for comment" from them right now??!! When they're going through such a tragic loss?? To far tmz way to far! That's the lowest I have seen! Sionara tmz!!! Disrespectful!!

321 days ago
28.

Mponjoli malakasuka    

That is so sad

321 days ago
29.

Bill C.    

This story has a different feel to it since finding out he never even met the child.

321 days ago
30.

DJ    

He only just met him? So who is the little boy AP is kissing on the field that I'm seeing all over Instagram?

321 days ago
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