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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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I almost felt bad for this guy until I read that he just spreads his seed and did not know the boy.

He has no right to feel bad since he did not know the kid. Spreading seed does not make a father!

375 days ago


A fathers job is to protect their kids. Hard to do when you don't even know your kid!!!! He has no right to be upset since he didn't even know the kid!

375 days ago


thats sad freshasfrankie.com

375 days ago


So.....Every time a kid dies, sperm donors now get to play the role of "grieving parent"?...Just asking....

375 days ago


What a Ho bag she is . RIP to the little fella though and Peterson, you lucked out

375 days ago


I guess everyone is entitled to their opinion but how can people call him a deadbeat dad when he just found out about the child. We dont know how he feels about missing out on those years with his son. He found out he

375 days ago


Wow really the 1st he has ever met his son....TMZ has not done their homework. There are pictures with Adrian Peterson & his son!!! the most difficult time in his life, and & they want to do is make a juicy story line

375 days ago

Sally C    

the article wants us to be sympathic for him "he dropped everything" to go to his dying son. WTH Why didn't he drop everything to be with his son the moment he learned he had a son ??? Bastard. Breed Em & Leave Em. typical ghetto. He is at fault as much as the mother and boyfriend are.

375 days ago


Wow!!! Really TMZ?!!? The 1st time he has ever met his son?!! Do you not do your homework, there are pics all over Social media showing him with his son!!! This is clearly one of the most difficult times in life, but who cares right as long as you get your story!!

375 days ago


Wow!! Really TMZ?!?! The 1st time he has met his son, there are pics all over His friends Social media showing him with his son!!! This is clearly one of the most difficult times in life, but who cares right as long as you get your story!!

375 days ago


I knew it was some WHITE SLUT that was chasing the dollars. Brothers love laying down with dogs and producing puppies. Then the SLUT let some WHITE BOY abused the child. TYPICAL......

375 days ago


I am in tears. So sad.

375 days ago

Metta Worldhate    

He's probably just relieved he'll pay less child support now.

375 days ago


People have one night stands...if this women never told him she was pregnant how was he to know? Also if she thought it was someone elses seems she was sleeping around also...I don't think people should be bashing him...

375 days ago


AP had no emotional connection to the boy and had never been a father to him so I can't feel too sorry for him. Maybe I should feel bad for the boy who will not have a chance at life, but then again what kind of life would it be with a mother like that and a father who is not around. No one feels bad for the mother or boyfriend, both of whom should go to jail. The only thing I feel about this story is glad that the little boy is in a better place. No one in this life seemed to love him or care about him.

375 days ago
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