The Sioux Falls police department released news this afternoon that one of Adrian Peterson's children a 2-year-old son has died from injuries sustained in alleged assault by the boyfriend of the child's mother. Police are withholding the child's name at the request of the family. Police spokesman Sam Clemens said the state attorney's office is reviewing the case to consider additional charges against 27-year-old Joseph Patterson. Patterson was charged with aggravated assault and aggravated battery of an infant. His bond was set at $750000. Adrian Peterson talked to the media at Winter Park asking for privacy. “I really appreciate all the support that I’ve been receiving from fans the Vikings organization” the MVP running back said at a brief press conference inside the locker room. “This is a private matter and I would ask you all to please just respect my privacy and not ask at all about the situation at hand. Thanks.” Peterson’s father Nelson confirmed to the Star Tribune earlier Friday by phone that the child is Adrian’s son. Peterson said he planned to play Sunday against the Carolina Panthers at Mall of America Field. “I will be playing Sunday” he said. “I’ll be ready to roll focused.” According to Sioux Falls police and Lincoln County prosecutor Tom Wollman a 27-year-old man Joseph Patterson was charged with aggravated assault and aggravated battery of an infant. The alleged assault took place Wednesday evening. Police responded to a 911 call at an apartment about a child who was choking. Officers found an unresponsive child and transported him to a hospital. Doctors determined that the child’s injuries were consistent with abuse and not accidental. Patterson was arrested that evening. Police said the child’s mother was not home at the time of the alleged assault. Sioux Falls police declined to identify the parents. “We’re surrounding our investigation around the injuries to this child” police spokesman Sam Clemens said. “Who the father is does not come into play in this investigation.” Peterson rarely talks about his personal life in media interviews but he’s made public appearances with two of his children. He recently tweeted about his daughter Adeja who is 8. At training camp Peterson’s fiancée brought his son Adrian Peterson Jr. who is 2 to visit his father after practice.
Adrian Peterson's son dies; RB says he'll play Sunday
Minneapolis Star Tribune | Oct 11