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Vikings' Adrian Peterson's son dies of suspected abuse

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Adrian Peterson's two-year-old child has died after an assault, the Pioneer Press confirmed the relationship with Peterson's father.

Friday afternoon the KSFY News learned the two year old boy died from injuries sustained during the aggravated assault on Wednesday, October 9th.  At this time, the victim's name is being withheld out of respect for the family and to give them time to make notification.  His name will be released early next week.

The Lincoln County State's Attorney's Office will be reviewing police reports for consideration of additional charges. 


Sioux Falls Police say they responded with EMS to a call for a medical emergency Wednesday night at an apartment in the 6200 block of South Connie Avenue.  When they arrived, they found a child who was not breathing and rushed the child to an area hospital.

At the time of the incident, the child was being watched by Joseph Robert Patterson, 27.  Police say no one else was in the home at the time.  Patterson is the boyfriend of the child's mother.

While at the hospital and during treatment, police learned the child had injuries that were consistent with abuse.  

In a phone interview with the Pioneer Press, Nelson Peterson, Adrian's father, said the injured boy is not Adrian Jr. but is a grandson.

"All I can say is, we are asking for prayers and for respect for our family as we deal with this tragic situation," Nelson Peterson told the Pioneer Press.

Bond was set at $750,000 for Patterson, who is charged in Lincoln County with aggravated assault and aggravated battery on an infant. Since the incident occurred in Lincoln County, the case will be handled by the Lincoln County State's Attorney. State's Attorney Wollman said he is also seeking to revoke two suspended sentences against Patterson. One for simple assault and the other for violating a domestic abuse bond agreement.

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