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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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61.

miss e    

He publicly asked for privacy.... Why would you
" reach out" let them be...

339 days ago
62.

bart    

Sad you only meet your dad on your last day of life

339 days ago
63.

taz    

Another fine example of TMZ reporting. I thought there was a story on here about how tight he was with his son, and featured a video of him holding his little son. What the f**k was that??? Maybe don't try to be a news outlet cause you losers suck at it!

339 days ago
64.

abby    

The whole situation is so, so sad. At least Peterson stepped up to the plate and took responsibility for the child.

339 days ago
65.

zombie007    

Sure he was gonna meet him. Another loser black man!

339 days ago
66.

portiababy17    

On your What's the big frinnin difference! Why can't we play it or view it? You tap on the picture and it takes you out of TMZ? Need to fix the problem!

339 days ago
67.

SunnyAutumn    

Does it really matter. He lost a son that he never really got to met. If you want to blame someone, blame the slvt , partying Casey Anthony-like mother. Adrian only recently found out that this was his child. He missed out on 2 beautiful years with this precious, handsome little toddler, whose life was cut short by a savage beast.

339 days ago
68.

Fashionistazoe    

Its funny reading these comments and seeing how many people assumed the child's mother and abuser were black. WRONG AGAIN you ignorant racists, the mother was WHITE and the murderer was ASIAN. That's right, your people actually have disgusting POS like all races do. Slowly climb down from your imaginary pedestals and shut the f*ck up.

339 days ago
69.

jd    

OMG TMZ!! A 2 year old was just beaten to death and you what.. Wanna know how the parents FEEL about that!?! Leave them the F#CK ALONE!

339 days ago
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dd    

Didn't you just show a picture of two on an outing together? Also you do MEET someone on life support, you may visit but two people are not responding...Wow you guys are terrible.

339 days ago
71.

buggaz    

You just wait, the ho' will want money from someone.

339 days ago
72.

justpoor    

How very sad for the father and child.

339 days ago
73.

Gretel    

That is so heartbreaking, he was just a baby. The only thing you can do to give meaning to their little lives is to donate their organs and make them a hero other people. RIP little guy. I hope his murderer starts to rot from the inside out and lives out his years in painful agony.

339 days ago
74.

chifred    

Show the pictures of the baby killers....

339 days ago
75.

Vandy39    

What is wrong with you people? This isn't some fake, manufactured Hollywood crap. Why on earth would they talk to you? These are REAL people and in REAL pain, not the typical fake Hollywood! Us Midwesterners stick together, and you should be ashamed of yourselves. I am ashamed of myself for continuing to look at your rap, but n more, this was the bottom of the barrel, even for you. I think you need to crawl up a Kardashian's rear end and quietly go away for good. SHAME ON YOU!

339 days ago
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