Source: AP's son was indeed victim of beating, but it wasn't Adrian Peterson Jr.

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:::: UPDATE AND BACKSTORY :::: Adrian Peterson's Sioux Falls child was "a secret," source says

:::: UPDATE ::::
 A source in South Dakota says the victim was Adrian Peterson's son, but not Adrian Peterson Jr. From an email she sent us:
Just a heads up, TMZ is reporting incorrect information, it's not AP Jr who is in the hospital in Sioux Falls, it's [name withheld].

I live here in Sioux Falls and have been kept up to date via friends of [the child's] mom....
The woman went on to provide a link to the CaringBridge page of the injured child (UPDATE -- AP's son has since died). Other local media members have told us they're also hearing the child involved isn't AP Jr. For more about AP's "secret" Sioux Falls child, read our follow-up post.

Original post -- Adrian Peterson spent the last couple days away from the Vikings in Sioux Falls to deal with a situation a ProFootballTalk source characterized as "tragic."

This morning, TMZ is reporting that AP's two-year-old son is in critical condition after being beaten by a man who is dating his mother.

From TMZ:
According to law enforcement, emergency responders arrived to the apartment where Peterson's son was living at 5:46 PM on Wednesday ... and found the child unresponsive.

He was rushed to a nearby hospital and medical experts determined the injuries were consistent with abuse.

Law enforcement sources tell us ... the child suffered severe head injuries.
The Sioux Falls Argus Leader reports 27-year-old Joseph Patterson was arrested and charged with aggravated assault and aggravated battery of an infant.

From from the Argus Leader:
Sioux Falls Police Lt. Blaine Larsen said Patterson was the only one home with the 2-year-old on Wednesday. The boy recently had moved there with his mother and Patterson.

"It was a fairly new relationship," Larsen said.

Patterson called police at 5:43 p.m. Wednesday, reporting the child had choking injuries. The child was taken by ambulance to a local hospital, where he remained in critical condition Thursday night, Larsen said. An examination led doctors to suspect that the boy's injuries were "consistent with abuse" and not accidental, Larsen said.
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masumusa
masumusa

This horrible incident is the mothers fault.. she is just as guilty as the murderer for bringing this dude around the child... child custody laws are a joke... just because a woman has a child does not make her a good mother...she should be in jail right next to the guy who did this because she is just as responsible! !

masumusa
masumusa

This is the fault of the mother.. she is the person who brought this man around her child... she should be put in jail right next to the murderer because she is just as guilty. . Child custody laws in this country is a joke... the child should go with the parent who is best able to take care of them not the woman just for the sake that she is the mother.... clearly being a woman doesnt mean that a person makes a good mother...

karla
karla

@dda104 Just wanted you to know that you are not alone with your thoughts.  My point of view comes from the fact that my father wasn't in my life and I feel there is no excuse for any dad not to be in their child's life.  Also as a parent, you are responsible for doing everything you can to make sure your child is safe, well taking care of, and gets the best education they can.  I feel both parents failed in protecting this child.  I know I may sound a little strict here, however, I never have and never could leave my 2 year old child alone with someone who wasn't a trusted family member or a licensed day care provider for anything.

Alexander Larson
Alexander Larson

AP himself has already confirmed via multiple social media

dda104
dda104

I blame the dad, why is one of your sons safe and protected and the other beaten, unprotected, and living an apartment. What type of dad continues to play football and a grown man beat your 2 year son to death. Would it had been different if it was the other son? What kind of man keeps his son a secret? Why wasn't he living in the big house with his brother and dad who has the same DNA? Why didn't he have the same rights? Why was he a secret? If your gold digging wife loves you then she should unselfishly love your secret child. I pray that the father, mother, and the murderer will all get justice from God. Your selfish self conscious will eat you alive. To the murderer, you justice will come, thank you God for protecting the child of these selfish people. Now he is no longer a secret, but an Angel.

dda104
dda104

I blame Adrian Peterson. What man continues to play football after a brutal murder of a 2 year old. Why was this son a secret and not living in the big house with the same rights and protection like his brother and dad with the same DNA? Would you continue to play football if it was your other child? I pray that your selfish ways be dealt with by your inner self conscious. To the mother, father, and the killer, I don't know how you will live with yourselves. To the killer, this match was unfair, but you will be dealt with by God. Thank you God, for calling Adrian Peterson home where he will be loved unconditionally and protected. He is now no longer a secret but an Angel.

Pete Olson
Pete Olson

The prisoners will kill the bastard!

David Onadeko
David Onadeko

City Minneapolis is full of bullshit for disputing the report without thorough clarification

Andrea Neswick
Andrea Neswick

I am beyond sickened by this tragedy. What is wrong with people!?!?

Thom Tremblay
Thom Tremblay

I love to rip the Vikings but this is just terrible. How very awful for Adrian and the boy's Mother.

xbadxsparkx
xbadxsparkx

I just saw an interview with him on ESPN about it and he didn't seem to care a whole lot. He said he would definitely play Sunday.

moeknows
moeknows

Who cares if the child was illegitimate or not, it's still his child!

xbadxsparkx
xbadxsparkx

You all need to read more thoroughly. It is an illegitimate child from an affair and they are going to pull the plug tonight.

xbadxsparkx
xbadxsparkx

He was an illegitimate child from an affair.

Terrie Costello- Coats
Terrie Costello- Coats

I am SO confused. First it wasn't his son, then it was his "secret" son....and now it's not his son?

jjohnson
jjohnson

I'm having a problem with the news reports that keep stressing it was not JR. but a seperate child. It keeps giving me the feeling that the other kid mattered more. 
What is it with women allowing people they hardly know to watch their kids? Are they that hard up for a daycare?

Hannah Lindley
Hannah Lindley

so....no child was hurt? that would be great news.

aliceceasar17
aliceceasar17

Ladies start doing background checks on these men before you bring them around your children(s).... My sole opinion some men are sick and women as well. Adrian Peterson had the decency to go see about the baby. Let him say, it was truly his son, not the media. Get your fact right before you start reporting falsely. Adrian, if it is your son I'm praying a miracle for the baby. If, not I am still praying for the innocent baby boy and the mother as well. God bless all concern in this matter.  

Oh_Dinky
Oh_Dinky

@MatthewBerryTMR this is where I'm all for an eye for an eye- drop that man in the center of a football field & let the players beat him.

jeppedong
jeppedong

@gulklud Og så måske alligevel MT Adam Schefter: 'The 2-year-old in critical condition in S.D. is one of Adrian Peterson's sons.'

Krista Schnelle
Krista Schnelle

So it is or isn't AP's son? ":::: UPDATE :::: A source in South Dakota says the victim was Adrian Peterson's son, but not Adrian Peterson Jr. " I agree that it is HORRIBLE, but maybe news should just shut up until they can get it right.

savanna0599
savanna0599

@dda104 Who are you to judge? Do you really know the whole story? Look in the mirror before pointing fingers! Have some RESPECT for the family at this time..I think your IGNORANCE is tastless!

THUGS
THUGS

@dda104 And the reason he states he is continuing to play football is it is at the end of the day what gets him through his life's stresses, being around his mates helps ease the pain, he was there immediately by his sons side, he too had to sign the paper for that plug to be pulled imagine having to make that decision., I cannot!

THUGS
THUGS

@dda104 Perhaps the child was not a secret but just Mr. Peterson keeping that child's privacy protected, perhaps it was in the best interest of that child! Does Mr. Peterson know all of your family business? Don't answer as it was rhetorical., then what makes you think you as well as the world is entitled to all of his? Again rhetorical! As Peaches 5182 has answered, grief is an individual process, and perhaps this also keeps him calm from forwarding consequences to the baby's mother for ignoring the fact that  Patterson had two signed orders of protection against him from his prior children's mother he also has two cases which were to be heard later this month, one for simple assault and the other for violating a protection to stay away, this from a different woman, who lives in the same area, so I'm sure she was alerted at some point., and the fact that while the first one was dropped, and just last year, a judge ordered him to attend court ordered simple assault and family violence training courses and stay away from her until he had completed them. If these do not smack of abusive behavior and a huge red flag I don't know what else would better qualifies., its also safe to bet he hit Mr Peterson's ex as well. There is also a report that Patterson hit Mr. Peterson's ex with a metal construction bar and she refused to press charges.,  yet here you are blaming Mr. Peterson who was at the time doing what this slimy piece of crap should have been doing., which is earning a living not beating on a defenseless toddler because he what? The only thing I can think of is cried for his mother, and I'm willing to bet he hit him for crying, which made him cry more and so on! I HOPE  HE FRIES! But not before the good ole boys in the system give him a meet and greet he'll never forget!   

arodriguez016
arodriguez016

How dare you blame Adrian! You shall not pass judgement on others for you are not God. You are just as horrid as the offender in this instance. This is a tragedy. With no one but the abuser is at fault. Do not throw stones at someone who is down, nor throw stones when you are in the wrong!! You are disgusting!!

murph27
murph27

@xbadxsparkx 

That is the message I get from his actions.  Press reports keep saying he learned about his son three months ago and QUICKLY made arrangements to meet him.  They don't note the irony that Peterson NEVER did meet his son.  For goodness sake, Peterson played in Minnesota and his son was in South Dakota.  He could have met him that day.  Training camp wasn't even open three months ago.

martyc909
martyc909

@xbadxsparkx Everyone has different ways of dealing with things. Brett Favre threw 5 TDs after he lost his father. Some people are in denial until they have to go and confront the situation. Who knows what's going through his head, except maybe confusion. 

koleby.harshfield
koleby.harshfield

@xbadxsparkx  He said in an interview that he has always put his trust in God, and God will never give you something you cant handle.  If he did not care he wouldn't have left Minneapolis to go support his child. 

rachel
rachel

@xbadxsparkx people grieve in different ways. Just because he's going to play doesn't mean he doesn't care. He may need ways to distract himself or release his rage. 

dda104
dda104

@moeknows Wow!!!! blood is blood forget the titles. I think he is a low down and dirty parent. I have no respect for him. I cried my eyes out over this two year old toddler who suffered at the hands of a grown man. I just can't imagine the pain he felt, being a secret and not shown the same love as his siblings. This makes me sick to the stomach.

xbadxsparkx
xbadxsparkx

@moeaggressive I really don't give a shit either way, these dumbasses below didn't understand how it was his son and not AP jr.


Mellow-dramatic much?

dda104
dda104

@xbadxsparkx So because his dad is a whore and he is untitled does that make it fair? You are the dumbest person i have ever commented on. Please go back to school and take some parenting classes.

Thee_KyleScelza
Thee_KyleScelza

@JEFForeman23 that's the only report I've seen that it's not his soon though. Everything else say it was. Either way it's messed up

dda104
dda104

@koleby.harshfield @xbadxsparkx God trusted him with a child, and he kept it a secret. God will never give you something you can't handle, he's right, his child. This son should have been protected such as the other two. He couldn't handle it so God took him back. Please to the readers, if you have children, love them all the same and protect them all. Selfish Parents.....

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