Posted by Michael David Smith on October 11, 2013, NBC Sports
The 2-year-old son of Vikings running back Adrian Peterson has died.
Police in South Dakota confirmed to Chip Scoggins of the Minneapolis Star Tribune that the 2-year-old boy died, days after he was allegedly beaten by his mother’s boyfriend. Robert Joseph Patterson was arrested on charges of aggravated battery of an infant and aggravated assault, and the state’s attorney is now reviewing the matter for possible additional charges.
The names of the boy and his mother are being withheld, at the family’s request. Peterson briefly addressed reporters today and asked for privacy for his family.
Peterson, the NFL’s reigning Most Valuable Player, plans to play on Sunday.