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Adrian Peterson

Met Son for 1st Time In Hospital

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

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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DJ, that is Adrian JR from what I understand. TMZ, stop reaching out and leave those poor people alone!

376 days ago


So Miss *** Receptacle didn't know who the father was and had at least two paternity tests done to figure it out? This whole thing is so....TYPICAL.

376 days ago


It's horrible to lose a child. It has to be even harder to find out that you even have a child as he lay dying because some p.o.s beat him. My prayers are with this little boy. And I'm not even going to ask God to have mercy on the boyfriend's soul. He's a baby killer. He deserves what he gets.

376 days ago

Celeb Gossip Addict    

One thing that this situation has shown me is that it's not good to form opinions without facts. I've said and heard all kinds of inaccurate judgmental opinions about. Suffice it to say, we don't know this case or these people. We only know that the murderer is an oddly deranged person who appears normal on the surface.

376 days ago


This story is sad. A.P.......you should take Sunday off. Respect that child for a moment.

376 days ago

Siam Jim    

The mother sounds like a real pig. AP has never struck me as being too smart.

376 days ago

bonnie sell    

this doesn't make sense because early last night was a pic posted if Adrian at a Viking game bending down kissing his son...?????

376 days ago


TMZ-AP has met his son before the hospital visit. There are several pictures with his son and daughter.

376 days ago

raymond m mcgrane    

very sorry for your situation, to much info to quick. I for one very proud of the way you are working through this. I hope all concerned will honor your request to deal with this problem privately. may you have piece, your response to this situation is admirable, you are a good man. I think your son would be happy with making a decision to help others,.you do not only shine as a football great, but more as a father, and again you will forever make him happy, because part of him will shine forever.love & peace.

376 days ago

Mumra the Ever Living    

So basically, it took his son dying to make Peterson go see him, otherwise he would of ignored the child and just sent money so he wouldn't have to be bothered.
I wonder what it will take to make Peterson go see all the other bastard kids he's managed to create.

376 days ago


TMZ, you really have NO shame do you. Regardless of what the situation was between the parents of this child, it sounds like AP wanted to do the right thing. He didn't deny it or refuse to accept it... HIS CHILD STILL DIED at the hands of a pathetic bastard who deserves worse than a life sentence in jail. These people are mourning the death of an innocent two year old... give it a rest!

376 days ago


My fav part in this story is how tmz says he just met the boy....meanwhile yesterday they had a picture of AP and claimed that was his kid....tmz stop jumping On a tragic story because u get some publicity...leave the sport stories to the professionals....your unprofessional and annoying and no news respects u....everyone at tmz get aids from harvey

376 days ago


The poor child was killed and should had never been alone with an abusive person period, that child would had been will taken care for if the father knew he was the true parental father. I don't blame the mother of the cir***stances, just the evil monster she was with at the time.God be with the young soul, and the mother whom is lost in the grief. Such a lost for those involved. Sorry, it's just so sad to hear about a child killed by the hands of a evil person. He should rot in prison forever. God Bless

376 days ago


People, this little boy is his THIRD child. The boy in all of the pictures is Adrian Jr. This child is not Adrian Jr.

376 days ago


All that matters is that a baby is dead. It was a horrible, painful, unnecessary experience for him to go through and he didnt survive it. I don't care who his father is, how many times they'd met, or how many other fathers there could've been. The only good thing to come out of this story is the fact that with the end of that little boy's life comes hope for other children that will receive his organs. Everyone suffering any loss deserves peace and respect and by "reaching out" to this boy's parents, you're denying them that, and you should be ashamed for caring about your website more than the pain of your fellow human beings.
Let them bury their son.

376 days ago
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