Prosecutors in the case against 27-year-old Joseph Robert Patterson released an indictment against him on Oct. 21 charging him with the second-degree murder of Minnesota Vikings’ Adrian Peterson’s 2-year-old son, Tyrese Robert Ruffin.
Patterson, the boyfriend of the toddler’s mother, is accused of recklessly causing “serious bodily injury to the child,” according to the indictment. He also faces charges of first-degree manslaughter, aggravated battery of an infant and abuse or cruelty to a minor. ~ CBS News
Reportedly, Patterson beat the child severely on Oct.9 in Patterson’s Sioux Falls, S.D. apartment, an apartment he shared with Tyrese and his mother, Ann Ashley Doohen.
Patterson claimed during a 911 call that the child was choking; but police and hospital personnel quickly determined that the child’s head injuries were not accidental.
Tyrese was on life support for two days before he died.
A spokesperson for the Sioux Falls police said that the injuries to the child happened when the boy’s mother had left her son alone with Patterson in the apartment for a short while.
USA Today reported that Patterson has a history of domestic violence.
Patterson has a child with another Sioux Falls woman who had “asked for protection orders twice, claiming he'd choked and punched her, threatened her with a knife and held her in the bedroom against her will.”
Another woman sought a protection order against him in 2004.
If convicted on the second-degree murder and manslaughter charges, Patterson could be looking at two life sentences in prison.
On the day his son died, Adrian Peterson updated his Facebook status to read:
Thank you to my family, my fans and fans of other teams for their support. The NFL is a fraternity of brothers and I am thankful for the tweets, phone calls and text messages from my fellow players. God Bless everyone and thank u so much.
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