This is so sad..
Minnesota Vikings star running back Adrian Peterson lost his 2 year old son died Friday (Oct 11) in a Sioux Falls, S.D., hospital — the victim of alleged abuse by a man dating the boy’s mother, police confirmed.
Nelson Peterson, Adrian Peterson’s father, met with the media Friday confirming that the child was his son’s. He gave this statement:
“I really appreciate all the support that I’ve been receiving from fans, the Vikings organization […] 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.”
Police arrested Joseph Robert Patterson (27) who was initially charged with aggravated assault and aggravated assault on an infant. Sioux Falls police said additional charges are being considered as the case is still under works. Patterson has a prior domestic abuse record with a different woman and child, having pleaded guilty to assault in an incident last year involving that woman & child. Sioux Falls police said Patterson recently started a relationship with the mother of the 2-year-old victim. Patterson appeared in court Friday morning in Canton, S.D. His bond had been set at $750,000 in cash before the boy’s death.
The incident occurred in Patterson’s apartment, where the boy had recently moved in with his mother. Patterson called 911 on Wednesday evening to report a choking at the apartment, but it became clear at the hospital that the boy’s injuries were not accidental.
The Sioux police spokesman released this statement:
“As officers and first responders got there, they found child was unresponsive and he was taken to the hospital. So they ended up calling police about that or letting them know. We had detectives talk to quite a few people to try to figure out what happened. What they ended up finding was that when the injuries happened there was one person with that child, and that person was Joseph Patterson.”
Old court records show that Patterson has a string of violence incidents. Patterson has a son with another Sioux Falls woman, and police reports show that the mother had filed protection orders twice, claiming he’d choked and punched her, threatened her with a knife and held her in the bedroom against her will. The mother however chose not to pursue permanent protection orders — they were dropped voluntarily in 2010 and 2011.
In 2012, Patterson was charged with simple assault against the mother, however, and was ordered to undergo family violence training and to stay away from her until completing it.
As this is breaking news, details are still emerging on the violent past of the convicted Robert Patterson. The Peterson family is mourning heavily at the this time. The 2 year old suffered major head trauma, dying shortly after arriving at the hospital.
The name of the child is being kept private for personal reasons. RIP.