The identities of the slain 2-year-old child of Minnesota Vikings Adrian Peterson and the child’s mother have been revealed. Ann ‘Ashley’ Doohen is the mother of Ty Doohen. The identities of the two were initially being withheld, by authorities, from media outlets and the public, to allow for time for family to be notified.
Upon this examiner’s search of Ann ‘Ashley’ Doohen on Facebook, it is clear that family and friends have received word and are pouring in comments of condolences and prayers.
Ty Doohen, age 2, was pronounced dead at approximately 11:53 a.m. on October 11, 2013, after he was removed from live support at a local Sioux Falls, South Dakota hospital. His mother, Ann ‘Ashley’ Doohen has reportedly agreed to have his organs donated.
So, what happened to Ty Doohen?
Ty Doohen, 2-year-old son of Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson, was allegedly in the care of Ann ‘Ashley’ Doohen’s live-in boyfriend, Joseph Robert Patterson, age 27. On the day of October 9, 2013, a 911 call was placed to request medical assistance for choking. Upon arrival of police and EMS, it was determined that the child’s injuries were not choking related, but the child had severe injuries to his head that were not consistent with an accident. Joseph Robert Patterson was arrested for aggravated assault and battery of an infant.
While in the hospital, it was discovered that Ty Doohen had suffered head injuries that caused his brain to swell. The child was placed on life support, but was later declared brain dead.
Now that little Ty has passed away, will Patterson face murder charges?
At 4:00 p.m., on October 11, 2013, Lincoln County States Attorney Tom Wollman released a statement to the effect that the States Attorney’s office would be handling inquiries and the filing of any charges.
The case is now, obviously, a homicide instead of the original charges of assault and battery.
This examiner spoke to Lincoln County States Attorney Tom Wollman on October 11, 2013, at 7:17 p.m., to inquire as to if Patterson’s charges will include murder. States Attorney Wollman informed this examiner that he is awaiting police reports, medical reports and completion of autopsy and its reports for review prior to making any decisions of modification of Patterson’s charges. States Attorney Wollman also stated that the process of compiling, reviewing the reports for decision could take until next week. Patterson's current charge of aggravated assault and battery of an infant could get him a maximum sentence of 40 years in jail. His bail is currently set at $750, 000.
(It should also be noted that there are multiple reports of Patterson received some charges, in 2012, regarding child abuse to an unrelated 3-year-old and assault to his mother after he spanked the child in an excessive manner and grabbed the throat of the mother with threats to kill her. Reportedly, Patterson’s one year jail sentence for this incident were suspended in lieu of counseling. It is unknown as to if he completed the required counseling. Motions were filed on October 11, 2013 for the revocation of the suspended sentence, which, if accepted in court, would require Patterson to serve the year long jail sentence for the 2012 case.)
NFL Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson has requested privacy but made a few brief statements. He provided confirmation that he will be on the football field on Sunday, citing that football has always gotten him through tough times and that "the NFL is a fraternity of brothers".
This Examiner sends condolences and prayers to all parties involved.
Additional updates will be provided as they become available to this examiner.