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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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Jill Fontane    

That is bull, if he found out 2/3 months ago he was the father, he should have meet the boy b4 something tragic like this happens. Praying 4 the mother & family 4 strength!!

344 days ago

Unbroken Chain    

You think he would really talk to tmz? Yeah right

344 days ago


You "reached out of a comment"? Leave them the f#*k alone! Their child just died! You people are ruthless, heartless and disgusting!

344 days ago


Get your FACTS together TMZ before your write a story !

344 days ago


The mother sounds wonderful. Her horrible boyfriend already had a record of harming/beating prior girlfriends and their children. And this moron brings him into her life and leaves this monster alone with her precious little boy who had absolutely no chance. And no father to protect him. Sickened.

344 days ago


They should let Adrian be alone with the monster who killed his son. Alone in a room with a bat.

344 days ago


This is what happens when you are fast and loose with your genitals.

344 days ago


I have an 8 week old son, and this made Me cry.
Literally have goosebumps and feel sick.
What is wrong with some people that they could actually hurt an innocent child? Scary that there are people like that in this world.

344 days ago

Jamey Hunter    

There is so much of this killing of children by the mother's boyfriends of late. The mothers of these murdered children need to face some legal consequence as well. I know there are hose who will say, 'She could have been married to the guy' Well, she wasn't. Another matter of having a kid and letting anyone watch it. If you read about this guy, he has a record for violence dating all the way back to high school.

344 days ago


My heart just breaks for the mother and Adrian...what a horrible way to meet your child. I wish them my sincerest condolences.

344 days ago


So sad :-( poor baby, but Adrian Peterson has met the boy before Thursday. There are pictures of him kissing the little boy on the football field during training camp this year soooo might want to research more ijs

344 days ago

Veda McLean    

That is not true. There is a picture of the two together on the sidelines at a game.

344 days ago

Fred Farkel    

This is one of the most horrible things I have ever heard in my life and then to gather that a black male was actually STEPPING UP to do what's right makes me furious... I would hunt down these monsters and consider it a privilege to beat them to death and spend the rest of my life in prison.

Thank you

344 days ago


Not True

344 days ago


what a world this has become. women don't know which man is their child's father, children who're raised not knowing who their real father is...disgusting! i'm as non-religious/un-spiritual as they come, but I can appreciate the value of a traditional family where children are raised by a mom and a dad. the sad, pitiful story above goes to show how un-traditional families are based on selfish, self-important, "my happiness above all (and everyone) else". sad and plain wrong.

344 days ago
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