Adrian Peterson’s two-year-old son died on Friday from injuries suffered during an alleged domestic abuse incident, confirmed South Dakota police to NFL Media on Friday evening. Adrian Peterson’s two-year-old son was taken to a Sioux Falls hospital on Wednesday after he had suffered a severe beating, reported Audibles on Oct. 12, 2013.
On Thursday, Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson missed practice in order to travel to South Dakota for what was only reported to be “personal reasons.”
By Friday morning, Sean Jensen of the St. Paul Pioneer Press said via Twitter that he had spoken with Adrian Peterson’s father, Nelson Peterson, who confirmed that the two-year-old boy taken to the hospital after having been beaten was indeed Adrian Peterson’s son.
According to Sioux Falls Police Lt. Blaine Larsen, Adrian Peterson’s two-year-old son was alone at home with 27-year-old Joseph Patterson, who had been dating the boy’s mother.
“Patterson was the only one home with the boy, and it was Patterson who called the police.”
On Thursday evening, after an investigation had been conducted, Joseph Patterson was arrested. He is being held without bond at Minnehaha County Jail on charges of aggravated assault and aggravated battery of an infant.
On Friday, Adrian Peterson returned to the team’s Winter Park facility in time for the team’s practice, and his head coach Leslie Frazier is saying that Adrian Peterson is expected to play on Sunday.
In the face of his son’s death, Adrian Peterson asked for his own and his family’s privacy. However, Adrian Peterson also emphasized that in the face of an incredible tragedy, his football team members were also his support team.
“Football is something I will always fall back on. It gets me through tough times. Just being around the guys in here, that’s what I need in my life — guys supporting me and just being able to go out and play this game I love. Things that I go through, I’ve said a thousand times, it helps me play this game to a different level. I’m able to release a lot of stress through this sport, so that’s what I plan on doing.”