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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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106.

pattycake    

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.

286 days ago
107.

elska min    

You have got to be kidding.

You actually tried to contact the parents of the two year old child who died yesterday. Where is your sense of decency? Do you really think they would want to talk to TMZ? To TMZ staffers, check with your colleagues. How many of them would talk to a celebrity gossip website the day after their child died from a vicious beating?

You’ve lost a fan. I will not visit this site again.

286 days ago
108.

JiveAssNigger    

Everyone involved in this, especially the "father" is a scvm,

286 days ago
109.

Carl Fredricksen    

NOT cool playing football after your son just died.
And not having met your 2yr old son until he's on life-support, NOT cool...

286 days ago
110.

Toilethead    

He sounds like very bad excuse for a father.

286 days ago
111.

Jaykup123    

This is so terrible WHO harms a helpless 2 year old! sick!!!

286 days ago
112.

dale12    

What a tragedy...NFL player has a one night stand with Baby's Mama, & it results in a child. Baby Mama does not know who the Daddy is, so she has a paternity test, and the results are Adrian Peterson, from a one night stand...Baby Mama hooks up with another dude, & moves him into her home, with her child, that results in BF murdering the child. This speaks volumes about the baby's Mama, Ashley Ann Doohen...Ho, Ho, Ho.. very sad!

286 days ago
113.

shayboo    

Those of you speaking ill of this man and his loss should be ashamed of themselves have some respect!!!!!!

286 days ago
114.

Karvey Kardashian    

I hope all the douchebags placing blame on people other than the monster who beat him are faced with being blamed for another person's behavior. I don't believe she would have allowed him around her son if she knew what he was going to do. She will never forgive the poor decisions she has made, and the last thing a grieving parent should deal with is blame. If you are comfortable in claiming you know, with one hundred percent certainty, what the person you are married to or dating will do, please go back to your home planet. I'd like to welcome you to the human race if you realize it isn't possible to know a person well enough to predict their reaction in all situations. If we knew people as well as we believe we do, there wouldn't be any people being murdered by their spouse or coming home to your wife after she has drowned all five of your children. I realize she should never have let him be around her son, but she did not harm her son. I also don't understand the bashing against the father, because he only recently learned he had another child.

286 days ago
115.

EnquirerLover    

Now this is the type of stuff people need to march about! Child abuse. This Joey Patterson freak got jealous of this kids situation and murdered him! How freaking awful can you get? Bastard needs to be raped by brooms in prison all the days of his life! No more solitary confinement for these creeps! Killing off slowly and painfully!

286 days ago
116.

Crazy Cat Lady    

So sad. :-(

Rest in peace. Poor baby.

286 days ago
117.

jared    

are you serious? adrian has always been there for his son. your sources are wrong and should get new ones. there are photos of adrian with his son from his sons birth up until days before his death. i actually saw them together during the London game and there are photos of adrian jr on adrian's twitter dating back from months ago. i have met mr. peterson numerous times and he is such a good guy and should not have this lie floating around for you to get more publicity. you should be ashamed of yourselves.

286 days ago
118.

jeff    

typical hood rat in america,,, kids he doesn't even know about,,, obama would be so proud,,,

286 days ago
119.

Flor    

Perhaps if he had made the same effort to see his son as soon as he learned it was his, he could have learned the living conditions the child was living in. He will never know, but I am sure will live with it for the rest of his life. I know I would. RIP little angel....and give strength to the father who will definitely need it.

286 days ago
120.

sophiastormy    

i knew he must not this kid. he didn't make sense he is playing Sunday

286 days ago
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