Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson is shown above as a loving, tender father. But now, that picture is gone as the NFL star has been indicted by a grand jury in Montgomery County, Texas on charges of reckless or negligent injury to a child — his own child.
According to Texas news station FOX 26, Adrian was indicted Friday after an incident in May that resulted in his 4-year-old son being taken to the doctor with bruises all over his body. The child was reportedly visiting Adrian at his home in Texas, and once the child was back in Minnesota with the mother, she took the child to the doctor upon discovering bodily injuries. The authorities were then called.
ESPN spoke with the Montgomery County District Attorney’s office and they confirmed he has not been arrested. The site also said the Montgomery County sheriff investigators received the case earlier this year and that Peterson has been cooperative with them.
As of 9p ET Friday a warrant was put out for Adrian’s arrest with a $15,000 bond attached.
According to Reuters, Adrian’s lawyer (and the police report) says the NFL star admits to using a “switch” for disciplinary action:
“The charged conduct involves using a switch to spank his son,” Peterson’s attorney, Rusty Hardin, said in a statement, adding the running back testified before a grand jury for “several hours” and was fully cooperating with authorities. “Adrian is a loving father who used his judgment as a parent to discipline his son,” Hardin said. “Adrian never intended to harm his son and deeply regrets the unintentional injury.”
Hardin added that the discipline mirrored the treatment Peterson experienced growing up in east Texas. The child suffered several cuts and bruises on his arms, legs, and scrotum. (seen below)
According to the police report, the child told authorities he had also been hit by a belt and there were “a lot of belts in daddy’s closet.” The child also said Peterson had put leaves in his mouth when he was being struck and that his pants were down.
The Vikings have now removed Adrian from Sunday’s game roster.
This new charges all come on the heels of Adrian losing a son who was being brutally attacked by just last year. You’ll recall, Adrian’s two-year-old son was killed by the mother’s 27-year-old boyfriend Joseph Patterson (who had a previous domestic abuse record). Sad.