Man Charged In Death Of Adrian Peterson’s Son Might Face Life In Prison

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Following the passing of Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson’s 2-year-old son, the man involved in this murder has been convicted by a South Dakota jury.

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According to the Associated Press, Joseph Patterson, 29, was charged with second-degree murder, and first-degree manslaughter and aggravated battery. If found guilty on the second-degree murder charge, Patterson will face life in prison. From the assault, Tyrese Robert Ruffin suffered damaging hits to his head which caused internal bleeding, and authorities reported the young child died while being treated at a hospital.

During the trial, Patterson’s lawyers stated the toddler was choking on a fruit snack and his head injuries reportedly stemmed from CPR. However, an autopsy report highlighted the fact that the blows Tyrese suffered were not the result of resuscitation.

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Post-verdict, Deputy Attorney General Bob Mayer said, “We couldn’t be more excited and thrilled for Tyrese. He finally gets the justice he deserved.”