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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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Your S&M Girlfriend    

Not even going to talk about him or that poor baby, but what about the baby mama? I'll give her the benefit of the doubt that not every woman is intelligent enough to understand the ovulation cycle but she should be able to understand to count 28 days ... so how many men was she with in any given time period that she doesn't even know for sure who impregnated her? How responsible was that? THEN, she leaves her precious little boy ALONE with a monster who I have heard (not sure, but rumor has it) has a history of beating children. Why didn't any of these people care about creating (or taking in the monster's case) a life? I'm just sick over this. What kind of life did that poor little boy have?

355 days ago


Poor child... the result of not practicing safe sex and using birth control. Never knew his real father and his mom made bad choices even after he was born.. Really pathetic parenting Mom.

355 days ago


Umm didn't TMZ post an earlier story with the guy holding his kid? That means they've met before.

355 days ago


the fact that harvey levin has pride in this LYING site is shameful .... #gotohellHL

355 days ago



but he just met his son??? can we please get legit news.... #tmzisfullof**** #tmzgivesfalse

355 days ago


this story is bull****.....there is a picture of the two of them together and he is clearly not in ICU.... do ur ****ing research

355 days ago


Yall can hate on TMZ all that you want but A.P. gets NO PASS for not being part of his child's life earlier.

Having casual sex with someone you barely knew is NOT an excuse for "not knowing" she got pregnant. That's why you wrap it up. That's why you should have a REAL RELATIONSHIP with someone you have sex with.

Also he found out this was his kid 2-3 months ago and still hadn't met him yet?

Is he broke and couldn't afford a plane ticket?
He has a "busy schedule"? So NFL players get absoloutlyy NO days off? They work 24/7?

It's called flying in the morning and leaving by the evening. It's called flying out in the evening and leaving by noon the next day.

Isn't that a part of the RICH life? Oh, now since there is a child involved suddenly plane hopping at a whim isn't so convenient?

It's becoming quite clear that this child's parents were NEGLIGENT and likely loved him conditionally.

355 days ago


If you all would have actually read the other article before commenting, the little boy in the pic is AP Jr. The son that died was NOT AP Jr. He just found out about this second son.

355 days ago


The sad thing is that a child got beaten to death. It really doesn't matter if AP knows if the kid is his or not. He is not the victim. He didn't know the child, so he is not emotionally invested. His life hasn't changed because of this. He is not in mourning. He cares about it the way we care about it. This child was a stranger to him.

355 days ago

Gsharon 710    

Skit, here ya go. Seems the only way you get conversation is to be an ass. I know of a family that does that. They want convo even if it is neg. Only an ass would suggest that this man did not care about his child. Did he not go there? If the Mother did not know, how could he. The feelings of the family is all that should be discussed now. When this is all over, hit me up, and I will tell you something.
RIP little angel, and family, please know, we care.

355 days ago


Hey TMZ why don't you act like you got a flipping heart and refrain from "reaching out for comment." They haven't even buried their 2 year old son and you're breathing down their necks. It's called respect you guys should try it!!

355 days ago


So sad poor baby.

354 days ago

Buck Boy    

He meets his son for the first time as he lays on life support.
And HE ask the public for privacy.

I can understand that. He might try digging a hole and crawling in it and allow people to come see him whenever they want

354 days ago


The only victim in this story is the poor little angel who lost his life, my heart is so heavy thinking about what he had to endure. The mom Ashley Doohen is clearly a welfare money chasing ho, and AP is nasty for not wrapping his willy up. Doesn't he have another son around the same age??? Neither of those low class degenerates get any sympathy from me. RIP little one. I hope that Samoan sumo looking bastard burns in hell.

354 days ago


Oh so all those pictures you idiots were tweeting are fake huh? Absentee father

354 days ago
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