The 2-year-old son of Minnesota Vikings’ Adrian Peterson died today (Oct. 11), after allegedly being assaulted by the mother’s boyfriend, Joseph Robert Patterson.
The 27-year-old was charged with aggravated battery of an infant and aggravated assault, CNN reports, after police responded to a call Wednesday (Oct. 9) in Sioux Falls, S.D. of a child choking in Patterson's apartment. If convicted, Patterson could face up to 40 years in prison, “and an $80,000 fine.”
"I really appreciate all the support that I've been receiving from fans, the Vikings organization,” Peterson said. “This is a private matter and I would ask you all to please just respect my privacy and not ask at all about the situation at hand."
VIBE sends our deepest condolences to Adrian Peterson during this difficult time.
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