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Police release name of toddler killed in Sioux Falls assault

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Police released the name of the two-year-old killed in an assault last week.

Tyrese Robert Ruffin, the son of a Sioux Falls woman and Adrian Peterson, was allegedly assaulted by Joseph Robert Patterson, 27. Patterson is the boyfriend of Ruffin's mother.

Sioux Falls Police say they responded with EMS to a call for a medical emergency Oct. 9 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.

While at the hospital and during treatment, police learned the child had injuries that were consistent with abuse. Ruffin died from his injuries Friday.

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.

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

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