Adrian Peterson’s 2 Years Old Son Dies at South Dakota hospital after beaten by Mom’s Boyfriend Joseph Patterson. He has been charged with the child’s beating, and may face additional charges over the death.

The boy’s father Adrian Peterson of the Minnesota Vikings is one of the top running backs in professional football. The boy, whose name has been withheld, had been in hospital in South Dakota since the attack on Wednesday.

“All I can say is, we are asking for prayers and for respect for our family as we deal with this tragic situation,” Mr Peterson’s father Nelson Peterson told the St Paul Pioneer-Press.

 A person with knowledge of the situation told The Associated Press the boy was Peterson’s son.

According to law enforcement, emergency responders arrived to the apartment where Peterson’s son was living at 5:46 PM on Wednesday … and found the child unresponsive.

“Football is something I will always fall back on,” he said.

“It gets me through tough times. Just being around the guys in here, that’s what I need in my life, guys supporting me, and just being able to go out and play this game I love.”

According to Sioux Falls, South Dakota, police, the boy was taken to hospital on Wednesday, where authorities discovered he had been injured in a manner “consistent with abuse”.

The suspect, Joseph Patterson, appeared in court just moments ago … the judge set his bond at $750,000.  Patterson tried desperately to shield his face from the cameras.

Sources: BBC | TMZ | NP