The Norman Transcript

October 11, 2013

Adrian Peterson's 2-year-old son dies

Associated Press
Associated Press

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. — Minnesota Vikings star Adrian Peterson’s 2-year-old son has died in a S. Dakota hospital.

Peterson's father, Nelson Peterson, earlier told the St. Paul Pioneer Press and the Star Tribune of Minneapolis that one of Peterson’s sons was in critical condition at a hospital in South Dakota.

Prosecutors and police in South Dakota had declined to confirm that Peterson is the father of a 2-year-old boy who was hospitalized with severe head injuries in Sioux Falls on Wednesday. Police described the child’s condition as consistent with abuse.

The man accused in the case, Joseph Patterson, 27, is charged in Lincoln County with aggravated assault and aggravated battery on an infant. He had a court appearance Friday and was ordered held on $750,000 cash bond.

Peterson had missed practice earlier in the week because of what the team called a serious personal matter.