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

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:::: UPDATE :::: Mourning for Ty, Adrian Peterson's 2-year-old son who died as a result of child abuse

As we mentioned in our post about AP's "secret" Sioux Falls child, Joey Patterson, the man accused of brutally beating AP's son, has a public Facebook page (UPDATE -- AP's son has died).

In light of the charges he faces, one of the interesting things about Patterson's page is how outspokenly he repeatedly professes his love for his young son. In fact, in photo captions he characterizes his boy, who looks to be about the same age as AP's son, as "my life."

Here's posts Patterson has published this year (the boy's name has been blurred out):

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A report in the Sioux Falls Argus Leader indicates the relationship between Patterson and the mother of AP's child was "fairly new." On his Facebook page, Patterson doesn't mention having children other than the son he repeatedly refers to, but his cover picture, uploaded on September 22, shows him holding hands with two boys:

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According to his Facebook page, Patterson is a native of Kadoka, South Dakota. He attended Black Hills State University and the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology, and currently works a number of jobs for companies like Organo Gold, Patterson Construction, and Great Plains Life.

Despite his posts about God and the importance of surrounding yourself with good people, Keloland Television reports that Patterson is no stranger to getting in trouble with the law:
A check of Patterson's criminal background in South Dakota reveals nine pages of trouble.

Court documents reveal the 27 year old has been arrested multiple times on various charges. He was arrested in 2004 for violating a protection order, but that was later dropped by the prosecutor. A 2012 arrest for aggravated assault was also dismissed by a prosecutor. Patterson has served time in jail for Eluding officers in 2010. He was also sentenced to five days in jail after pleading guilty to simple assault last year.
As of this afternoon, Patterson remains in custody in South Dakota. His bond has been set at $750,000. Meanwhile, the child he's accused of assaulting isn't expected to survive the day.

:::: UPDATE ::::

According to a report in the Sioux Falls Argus Leader, the incident involving AP's son isn't the first time Patterson has gotten himself in trouble for beating up a young child, as he was charged with assaulting a three-year-old just last year.

The child involved in the 2012 incident shares the same mother as Patterson's own son, but isn't Patterson's child.

From the Argus Leader:
The woman took out a protection order against him in Lincoln County prior to his arrest, saying he had spanked her 3-year-old so hard for misbehaving in church that he needed ice for welts on his buttocks. When she got angry with him for it, she wrote, he made the children go to their rooms, pulled the shades, grabbed her by the throat and waved his fist in her face.

He stopped when their infant son began to cry. She also wrote that he had behaved violently in the past.

"He has threaten (sic) to kill me multiple times," she wrote.
Patterson was given a stayed one-year jail sentence in connection with that incident. He was also given a stayed sentence for violating the no-contact order barring him from communicating with the woman or her son (though he was allowed to see his own son).

Yesterday, a prosecutor asked a judge to revoke the terms of those stayed sentences, the Argus Leader reports. A hearing on that issue will be held October 30.

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

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traveling_julie
traveling_julie

Maybe it's just me, but I had been a single mother for a long long time.  I wouldn't even let my boyfriends meet my young son.  I didn't want him to get too comfortable with who I was dating if I wasn't even sure if we were going to remain a couple, and I certainly wasn't in any hurry to move in with anyone.  I knew at an early age you had to be careful who you allowed around your young children.  the world is changing, things aren't like they were when I was younger.  If I ever needed a sitter, I always called upon my family or my close friends.  I NEVER left my son with anyone I was dating. I believe my son only met two of them and I wound up marrying the second one.


With parents killing their own children these days (in the news), I certainly wouldn't trust my children with a boyfriend.  And for the men, the same goes for you.  There are some women who are questionable these days.  I truly believe that in this day and age, people need to get a background check on the person you are interested in dating.  medical history, criminal history, credit check and anything else you want to know.

Todd Ray
Todd Ray

You are absolutely right.

Todd Ray
Todd Ray

Throw away the key. Abuse of a child, especially so young should NOT be tolerated.

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Angelic93152551

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Stephanie Jo Lundberg
Stephanie Jo Lundberg

Where in the article does it say the mother of the child knows about his violent history? That is the point of what I was saying. You can't judge her until you know the entire story, and even then you shouldn't judge her because you don't know what he possibly could have convinced her of. He very easily could have fooled her simply by looking at what he stated on Facebook, he appears to be a loving and caring individual. Read his posts again, and think about what he is stating there, and then imagine what he told a woman he was trying to impress. You're both men, I am sure you have tried to impress a woman or two in your day by saying what you thought she wanted to hear. Abusers are charmers first. How else do you think they get women to fall in love with them?

Adam Mikelson
Adam Mikelson

Yeah, I suppose at least some of the blame belongs to her. Know who you're leaving your kid with.

Daren L. MN
Daren L. MN

I blame her. She was obviously not a good parent to allow that POS near her son.

Adam Mikelson
Adam Mikelson

I'm not blaming her, but he had been arrested before for severely beating a child. Would you leave your kid with him? Not me.

Raven Danzig
Raven Danzig

This guy better watch himself in Prison. Prison mates despises baby killers.

Troy Curfman
Troy Curfman

Gonna get his Arse handed to him and then some!

Hardley Noel
Hardley Noel

You would think a Millionaire football player would be able to hire a Lawyer and keep his Boy with him. Total F-up

David Gabriel Robinson
David Gabriel Robinson

^ After this incident she knew he was abusive and unstable. She's as much to blame as he is. She allowed it.

David Gabriel Robinson
David Gabriel Robinson

The woman took out a protection order against him in Lincoln County prior to his arrest, saying he had spanked her 3-year-old so hard for misbehaving in church that he needed ice for welts on his buttocks. When she got angry with him for it, she wrote, he made the children go to their rooms, pulled the shades, grabbed her by the throat and waved his fist in her face. He stopped when their infant son began to cry. She also wrote that he had behaved violently in the past. "He has threaten (sic) to kill me multiple times," she wrote.

Stephanie Jo Lundberg
Stephanie Jo Lundberg

I'm going to lead with people please stop blaming the mother for the acts of a monster. As parents, we try to protect our children, but we may not always see what or who we need to protect them from. It seems to me he did a pretty good job of putting up a good and loving father front, something that a single mother would fall in love with and could easily blind her from the truth. Unless you have survived abuse yourself, please don't judge a woman who has been fooled by a charmer to later learn he is something completely different. Until we hear her story, we don't know where her heart or mind was. Please, please reserve your judgement. I'm sure she is suffering having lost her son.

nancycline350
nancycline350

The sad thing is that she saw all the signs and yet kept giving him chance after chance, knowing the kind of man she was sleeping next to every night is what I don't get, now her baby,who she suppose to protect,she let that lil ANGEL down. I want to ask her was he worth it?

Sandra Fredine
Sandra Fredine

When social workers are working with young single moms they try very hard to warn them about having new live in boyfriends. Too many don't listen. Like the male animal of many species the new male will kill the offspring to prove dominance and impregnate the female with their genes. We call ourselves 'the intelligent species.' We too often prove our own ignorance.

Daniel Castor
Daniel Castor

It's a disturbing trend these days. Single mother goes to the bar, meets some loser thug, takes him home and that is where it all begins.

Christine Mlodzik
Christine Mlodzik

How could the boy's mother not known of that? If she did, she's as guilty as Patterson.

Jason Suess
Jason Suess

I hope this piece of shit gets sodomized every day in prison until they finally carry his worthless body from the prison then toss it in the trash like he deserves!!! Anyone that hurts children deserve a special seat in hell!!

Sarah Proulx
Sarah Proulx

What kind of mother puts her child in danger like this???

Réne Ramirez
Réne Ramirez

They still put folks to death in South Dakota. Who better than to see if old sparky still works?

THUGS
THUGS

Rest in peace little one, you've done more in your short time here on earth than he could ever hope to aspire to!

Anita Ewald
Anita Ewald

you need to change the title of this you cant call him a man hes not a real man a real man wouldn't lay his hands ona child or a female

niboosmik
niboosmik

Breaking news: people on the internet are full of shit despite lack of documentary blogging.

August Johnston
August Johnston

heart broken... I can't imagine AP's feelings right now. tragic tragic story

StinkySteve
StinkySteve

I hate to rain on everyone's parade, but he will be alone in protective custody from the minute he walks into the prison. Nobody is going to beat him up. He will probably be the safest guy in there, unfortunately.

laxx1559
laxx1559

Prisoners have a way of dealing with people that do things like this.  Rape, beatings, feces and urine put in food.  Eventually, the word will come down from one of the prison gang shot-callers- and he'll be stabbed to death.  The guards will look the other way.

Chad Liljegren
Chad Liljegren

A.P. does not need to do anything. He will be a big target in prison.

Sickened
Sickened

I agree with you Stephanie. First of all let, me start off by saying that I personally have known Joey Patterson since we were small children. Kadoka, South Dakota is a very small town, about 700 people, where everyone knows everyone. I grew up with this guy. Everybody always has this impression that people like him are always raging monsters. If you knew Joey, you would know that he is very a charming, happy-go-lucky kind of guy. He carries himself well, always smiling and joking. I also want to make it understood that I AM NOT sticking up for him. As shocked as I was to here about this, I am also not that surprised. People's true colors do show eventually. Unfortunately, sometimes not soon enough, as we all see now with the loss of this little boy. Instead of talking trash about a woman you don't even know, put yourself in her shoes, everyone makes mistakes. Unfortunately this is a mistake that she will have to live with everyday for the rest of her life.

traveling_julie
traveling_julie

The Millionaire football player only RECENTLY found out that the child was his son.  He had made arrangements to fly and meet the child before this horrible incident occurred.  THE MOTHER had said someone else was the childs biological father before DNA proved her wrong.  Then she approached the football player.  He never asked for test, or anything, he asked what could he do to help. 


So maybe you should read before jumping to ugly conclusions.

bulldogsmn1
bulldogsmn1

@David Gabriel Robinson Who knew? AP's Baby Momma? She probably had never read the police report and if she even knew of the accusations by word of mouth, abusers play it down, say it was lies blah, blah. I don't think anyone would ever even think someone would BEAT a three year old child to death.

bulldogsmn1
bulldogsmn1

@David Gabriel Robinson That's not AP's baby's Momma, that's a different woman.


THUGS
THUGS

@Anita Ewald Well said Anita., this is slime at its best, and I hope they mistakenly place him in with the population and not solitary confinement., why should we protect him? Let him see what helplessness is all about! That Poor baby suffered at the hands of that unspeakable coward just as his life was beginning! 

heatherjo14
heatherjo14

@August Johnston he never even met the child, biologically he was the father however his true father is Bobby Ruffin, RIP Tyrese Ruffin


huy06341
huy06341

Nbaka. This guy is definitely cruel and deserves what he gets. You arent too far off. People probably call u nieve.stupid. and probably don't like u. And they are probably Ur own race.

twincities78
twincities78

@nshabaka9 A lot of this post is correct, but please take the "a black woman would not be......" and "love killing black people" out.  All races and cultures are victims.  Don't be a part of the problem.

laxx1559
laxx1559

@Jason Pierce Good thing it happened in South Dakota, and not Minnesota.  They ACTUALLY have the death penalty! #justice

laxx1559
laxx1559

@Jason Pierce Dont worry, he'll be subjected to a short life of eating food infused with fecal matter, beatings, rapes, solitary confinement, and eventually being stabbed to death. 

Sickened
Sickened

I also want to add, if only I could see Joey Patterson right now, this is what I would have to say......apologies for the profanity......."You spoiled, rotten, little shit ass! You had everything you ever wanted handed to you cuz your daddy owned half the town! Your parents adopted you, and brought you to this country so you could have a better life, gave you everything! Then you turn around and steal a life from a innocent child. You ungreatful, undeserving POS! They should have left you in Korea to freaking starve!

johndringo
johndringo

@Sickened Not sure which fellow Kadokan this is, but you should know that Joey isn't Korean....

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