UPDATE, 1:15 p.m. ET: This horrible story is coming into clearer focus, and has taken an even darker turn. According to City Pages, Adrian Peterson did have a two-year old son in the hospital, though it wasn’t Adrian Peterson Jr., as previously thought. This was a “secret” child, and that child is expected to be taken off life support tonight.
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. The plan is to take him off a ventilator this evening and donate his organs.
Regardless of this boy’s parentage — it isn’t 100 percent clear cut that Peterson was the father, and he didn’t have contact with the woman or child up to this point — this sickening story will no doubt be the talk of the football world through the weekend. The Vikings host the Panthers on Sunday, and Peterson says he will play.
UPDATE, 12:25 p.m. ET: There are now conflicting reports as to whether or not Peterson’s son is the one in the hospital. City Pages is reporting that it’s a different child, which makes the crime no less heinous, obviously, but less in our wheelhouse of coverage.
Here’s what we know: A child is in the hospital in South Dakota. Adrian Peterson was in South Dakota yesterday. Peterson is now back in Minnesota. The police won’t discuss who the father of the child is, as it does not pertain to the case.
For what it’s worth, Peterson’s father reportedly confirmed that one of Adrian’s sons, not his 2-year-old, was in the hospital.
So that’s where we are. We’ll update you as this story develops.
Original post: We hope you’re sitting down for this one, as it has to be one of the most horrific stories reported on here in awhile.
Adrian Peterson missed practice yesterday. It turns out he was in Sioux Falls, SD, where his infant son is in the hospital.
Adrian Peterson’s 2-year-old son is currently in critical condition in a South Dakota hospital … after he was allegedly severely beaten by the man dating the mother of his child, TMZ has learned.
The Minnesota Vikings running back immediately left his team to be with his son.
Officials tell us they’ve arrested the suspect, 27-year-old Joseph Patterson … who’s been charged with aggravated felony assault and battery of an infant.
According to the Argus-Leader, Patterson has a history of domestic violence. He has a son with another woman in Sioux Falls, who has asked for protection orders twice against the man. Another woman also applied for a protection order from Patterson back in 2004.
You can watch a live feed from Sioux Falls here.