Adrian Peterson's Sioux Falls child was "a secret," source says

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-- Update at bottom --

A woman in Sioux Falls who is close to the mother involved in the tragic story about Adrian Peterson's two-year-old son says the fact AP had a child living in Sioux Falls was "a secret."

:::: UPDATE :::: Joey Patterson, man accused of beating AP's son, says his son is "my life"

She said the mother of the child had a casual relationship with AP when she lived in the Twin Cities (she's since moved to South Dakota). She became pregnant, but wasn't sure about the identify of the father "until just recently." A paternity test revealed that the dad was indeed Adrian Peterson. Our source says Peterson isn't identified as the father on the birth certificate of the child, who goes by his mother's last name.

Before the paternity test, the mother knew the father "could've been one of two guys," she said.

Our source says Adrian was aware he was the father of the child before this week's tragic incident. Previous reports have indicated Adrian only has two children, Adrian Jr. and a daughter named Adeja.

"Why would he be in Sioux Falls, missing practice, if it wasn't his kid?" she said.

Tragically, our source says Adrian's son is not expected to survive his injuries (UPDATE -- AP's son has since died). The plan is to take him off a ventilator this evening and donate his organs.

"Unless God provides some sort of miracle, he's gone," she said.

The child was rushed to the hospital Wednesday evening. Our source says people close to the mother were initially told the child had choked on candy. Only later did it emerge his brain injuries were the result of being violently shaken.

A man the mother had recently started dating, 27-year-old Joseph Patterson, was arrested and charged with aggravated assault and aggravated battery of an infant in connection with the incident.

:::: UPDATE ::::

After practice today, AP made a few remarks to the assembled media. He asked for privacy and wouldn't comment on the Sioux Falls situation itself, but said he'll play Sunday "without a doubt," adding that football has helped him through tough times throughout his life.

"I'm ready to roll. I'm focused," he said.

-- Follow Aaron Rupar on Twitter at @atrupar. Got a tip? Drop him a line at arupar@citypages.com.


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Angelic93152551
Angelic93152551

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Adam Mikelson
Adam Mikelson

No wonder you and TMZ have teamed up, you both make shit up. Does this look like a "secret" son? With that said, my condolences to the family.

smtcne
smtcne

So the mom has been shacking up with just about every other guy she meets, cannot even know who's impregnating her and then chooses a guy who's been charged previously with doing something similar?? Where is her brain?? Between her legs, it would appear...

Megan Jay
Megan Jay

Yeah... Read the story... If its your kid I don't think you say I'm ready to roll etc. Patterson is clearly the villain however, AP should have more class than to say "I'm focused and ready to roll" after his son dies

jacquelineperry33
jacquelineperry33

He seem not to sincerely really care about the child.cause he considers himself to have a new

family.he know that child for is his, and should have been treated the same as he treat the others he have.hope he was supportintg it and not the goverment..support your kids regardless of how many you have you helped made them.appears he wanted nothing to do with the child.

MNTruth
MNTruth

Sad day for those that loved this little boy and sad for the man who will not miss the game on Sunday.  Wow!  There is still one more "secret" kid that Adrian is working on keeping that way.  That's really sad that he keeps making children that he wants to pretend do not exist.  Isn't it weird that they didn't shut ventilators off until after "All Day's" press conference?  Oh yeah, he won't be missing the game on Sunday.  Priorities/commitments...I mean, you gotta have loyalties right?  Disgusted with the whole thing and sad for the little baby that had to die at the hands of someone else who obviously didn't seem to care enough too. 


Cynthia Sjodin
Cynthia Sjodin

This mans life has been like a Greek tragedy. His brother died in his arms, NFL stardom, now his young son murdered, such extreme highs & lows. A.P., may you be as strong as a hero. God must be at work for a reason in such a fate-filled life. Our deepest sympathy, & we love you.

Laura Gee
Laura Gee

So sorry for the boy and his family. Parents: never get involved with someone with a history of violence, and never ever EVER leave them alone with your child.

Edward McGourn
Edward McGourn

It's tragic how often this happens. The news seems to only highlight it when celebrity is involved. People need to be more aware of who they let into their children's lives.

litehouse17
litehouse17

This is such a tragic situation.  Not only was this poor baby unwanted and unclaimed by his father, but now he's murdered by his mom's boyfriend, and his OWN mother tries to hide it!  It's like.. the baby boy that nobody wanted... and now nobody will ever get the chance to want him.  It's not often in the world that we live in, that an article is so deeply disturbing as this type of tragedy.  For the children who are murdered, there are usually vigils.. there are people who were apart of their lives who mourn their loss.. but here the people who were supposed to love him let him go... it's heart wrenching..

Verona Keller
Verona Keller

Just read that the child has died.Is that true?

John N. O'Neil
John N. O'Neil

No matter the "backstory" this is a heartbreaking tragedy.

Brandon Buckli
Brandon Buckli

This post is an example of what is wrong with this world and the media. Focusing in on AP's secret child instead of the life lost in this tragic case is complete crap and the reason that I will no longer follow city pages. It's none of our goddamn business who AP had a kid with and that is not even the "news." Be human! Would you post the same story if it was your brother/mother/son? #SMH #PrayersForAP

Verona Keller
Verona Keller

Prayers for the child--not so much for A.P.He should be there!

discountedprojerseys
discountedprojerseys

from Sioux falls, know a lot of the people involved.  Joey Patterson is a real piece of shit, even before this he beat his gf's including his the mother of his own child.  he will be lucky to survive any prison sentence he will receive.  also the toddler didn't make it.    my condolences to the family both of the mother and Adrian Peterson.  She is in no way at fault for this on the surface joey comes off as a nice guy who loves his own kid he's fooled a lot of people not just her she has a great heart and is a great person.

Tracy Marcotte Shaffer
Tracy Marcotte Shaffer

Megan, did you even read the story? The story is about a baby that was beat to death. It really has nothing to do with AP except he is the father.

Slip_Mahoney
Slip_Mahoney

Good thing he's playing this Sunday!  We don't want no dyin' kid to get in the way of fantasy football!

Chile_Pleeze
Chile_Pleeze

@Megan Jay He actually said that BEFORE the child died. 

karlawithak1234
karlawithak1234

@jacquelineperry33 and he would have if he had known before that it was his son. He just found out, its the moms fault that he was not in the childs life. Get all the facts!!


kenecia1314
kenecia1314

He doesn't have custody of the son... So he can't tell them when to take the ventilators off that was the mothers doing

whiterabbit088
whiterabbit088

wow, did you even read the article?

where did you get he was unwanted/unclaimed by the father? the mother never notified him until recently that she had a son and it may be his. she got pregnant and moved to SD. she contacted him and he took the paternity test

and how did the mother try to hide it?  are you referring to the fact that she tried to hide the fact that it was adrian peterson's son, she had her reasons. i've never walked in her shoes nor know her circumstances so i'm in no position to judge her

the bottom line is the focus should be on the little boy who lost his life and not some preconceived drama

suckadickbaby1
suckadickbaby1

@TweetsAreYours Building a strawman are we? Gloss over the fact all you want but the mass media sucks...and so do people... No AP? This childs death doesn't get the light of day.

JimmyTuTimes
JimmyTuTimes

@Brandon Buckli  I'm just glad he's playing Sunday, my fantasy team should roll on with another win! u da man AP.

litehouse17
litehouse17

@Verona Keller of course he should be there- but he wanted no part in that child's life.  The little man was a complete secret- probably even from his wife.  Nobody wanted, certainly not AP... so of course, his life will go on.

litehouse17
litehouse17

@discountedprojerseys great person!?!  She lied about his injuries... she LIED and said he was choking on candy!?  Some great person.. it doesn't matter if a man fools you- 1. he had a reputation. 2. the first time he laid a hand on that boy or his mother, she should have kicked his ass to the curb.  Do not pass go, don't collect $200, go straight to fucking jail.

jacquelineperry33
jacquelineperry33

Not an excuse for a man not knowing a 2yr old isnt his child.i had a child myself whom I had to raise alone and its not easy, black men have jobs and health care they can provide to the kids and want.makes some more bye anither woman while the other kids suffer.and its more than about money give these kids some time, kids want both there parents,black men fail black women.help with these kids you help get them pregnant. Leave so many women along without a condom, I was just responding to a previous comment.

cokiawild
cokiawild

@whiterabbit088 Although I agree with you on all of the points you are making, I think the OP was trying to convey that the mother tried to hide the murder by saying the child choked on candy and was not killed by the boyfriend. (mother was covering up child's murder originally)

chelle80
chelle80

@suckadickbaby1 Ok after you stated that it still happened... Maybe the media needs to REPORT regardless of fame... That would be ideal yet VERY unrealistic because it would be darn near impossible to report EVERY single PERSON!.

Your name is very disrespectful..... 

karlawithak1234
karlawithak1234

@litehouse17 AP just found out about the son! The mother kept him from AP, not AP staying away by choice. What was he suppose to do, think "oh I think I have another child out there, I better go find him"  

denvercalled
denvercalled

@litehouse17 and Verona Keller Please, tell us more about how someone should choose to grieve. Also, give us more insight into the close personal world of Adrian Peterson, as you seem to be close to him and know how much of a part of his life he was. You have all the details, right? Of course it's impossible that AD saw this child or maybe that the child's mother didn't want AD to be a part of his life. Nope. You know the truth, right litehouse17? Disgusting. A child is dead and you're literally player hating. smh Of course, I am positive that you give as much time and energy to charity and sick children as AD does. Heck probably more. Am I right?

whiterabbit088
whiterabbit088

READ THE ARTICLE - she was told that he sustained the injuries from choking on candy- SHE WAS NOT THERE SO SHE DOES NOT KNOW WHAT HAPPENED... she's only going by what she's told

wow,  some people

denvercalled
denvercalled

@litehouse17 @discountedprojerseys Litehouse, you suck. How do you know she lied on purpose. She was probably lied to by Patterson about the candy. You sure seem to have a lot of answers...the answer key must be up your ass with your head. 


lydiaradden
lydiaradden

@chelle80 The hell it's relevant, what she is stating the truth...certainly condolences goes out to the family..but there are too damn many dead-beat black men out there....and recording dead-beat men come in all nationalities...is irrelevant to what is happening to hundreds of thousands of black children...raised without a father.....

jacquelineperry33
jacquelineperry33

It is sad, and kids need both parents, I have a child, his father was a deadbeat also, made sure I didn't make anymore kids, didnt want to take another child through it again of not getting to know his father, fathers have to come forward sincerely and want to be a part of there kids lives, and stop making so many babies with so many different baby mamas, men have a responsibility to wear condoms ,and to say no to women who dont want them to wear them, in the long run the kids hurt the most, yes all races are deadbeats, but our black men have a history of not being there for there kids, and I do applaud the black men whom are there and supporting the sisters, its all good.

chelle80
chelle80

@jacquelineperry33 I understand that men of all nationalities can be "deadbeat" however, in this case the man just found out about the child. It is a very sad situation overall. Pray for the child and don't focus on the other crap because it is not relevant. This is a child that has been caught up in a bad situation. Who really cares about their parents persay.

cokiawild
cokiawild

@kramerincolor @Hidalgo01 @cokiawild @whiterabbit088  As someone with a young child, you can put money on the fact I would look into the guys past.  I would even tell him I was doing it, and if they got angry about it, OBVIOUSLY the guy is not for me.  I don't even leave my son with my friends.  I'm sorry, but excusing the behavior is a little stupid IMO.  It is incredibly easy to get information about people, I know in my county you can look up arrests online. 

kramerincolor
kramerincolor

@Hidalgo01 @cokiawild @whiterabbit088 If you move someone into your home and you are a parent, you better know EVERYTHING about the man.  The guy's violent history wasn't much of a secret, all she needed to do is run his name in Google.  

cokiawild
cokiawild

@Hidalgo01 @cokiawild @whiterabbit088 This article implies that "people close to the mother" were told the child choked on candy.  The meaning I get from this statement is they got that information from the mother since that is who they were "close to."  It's not uncommon for a partner to try to cover up child abuse, sadly.  Maybe she did, maybe she didn't but one thing we do know for sure:  She left her baby alone with someone that killed him

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Hidalgo01
Hidalgo01

@cokiawild @whiterabbit088  I'm not sure we know that either (mother tried to cover it up). No article I've read has said that. The boyfriend called 911. He had been alone with the child. Nowhere does it say she was even present when 911 was called. Also, to all the people crucifying her because she was with someone with a history of violence---again how do you know she knew? When you date someone do they say "hey by the way, I've got a history of domestic violence?" probably not. This is a terrible situation and the anger should be towards the boyfriend not the mother. 

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