Adrian Peterson in South Dakota after man allegedly beat his 2-year old son

Exactly what is going on with Adrian Peterson?

10/11/13 in NFL   |   Pat   |   5234 respect

Blog Photo - Adrian Peterson in South Dakota after man allegedly beat his 2-year old sonLots of people were thrown off when they heard that Adrian Peterson missed practice because of a serious medical issue involving a family member. Initially, I assumed that it was a sickness involving an older relative.

As it turns out, it looks like it might be something entirely more upsetting.

According to a TMZ report, it involves Peterson's 2-year old son. From TMZ:
Adrian Peterson's 2-year-old son is currently in critical condition in a South Dakota hospital ... after he was allegedly severely beaten by the man dating the mother of his child, TMZ has learned. 

Officials tell us they've arrested the suspect, 27-year-old Joseph Patterson ... who's been charged with aggravated felony assault and battery of an infant. 

According to law enforcement, emergency responders arrived to the apartment where Peterson's son was living at 5:46 PM on Wednesday ... and found the child unresponsive. 

He was rushed to a nearby hospital and medical experts determined the injuries were consistent with abuse. Law enforcement sources tell us the child suffered severe head injuries.

This is about as disgusting as any story I've seen in a long time. If it's true, I can't imagine how Peterson is feeling right now, and it's no surprise that he left the team immediately to be with his son.

Hopefully his child makes a complete recovery, and hopefully the abuser is sent to prison for a long time, if the allegations are true.

Our thoughts are with Adrian Peterson and his family in this terrible time.

UPDATE: ESPN reporter Ben Goessling, who covers the Vikings, says that Peterson is back in Minnesota and will practice with the team today.
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10/11/13   |   Debi_L   |   11868 respect

Reports are that a paternity test was recently conducted, as the boy is not confirmed as Adrian's son.  This is a truly sad situation, and the loss of a 2 year old child to abuse such as this is the absolute worst.  I hope the child is the focus as this story develops.  A young life was lost far, far too soon.