2-year-old killed After Alleged Beating by Mother’s Boyfriend

What I am still trying to understand is how anybody beats a two year old to death and for what.

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Peterson’s 2-year-old  son died Friday in a hospital in Sioux Falls, S.D., two days after allegedly  suffering injuries at the hands of 27-year-old Joseph Robert Patterson.

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Adrian Peterson practices with his team hours before his son dies, the  victim of child abuse.

The 2-year-old son of Minnesota Vikings star running back Adrian Peterson died Friday of injuries suffered when he was beaten two days earlier, allegedly  by his mother’s boyfriend.

The child died in a hospital in Sioux Falls, S.D., about 11:43 a.m. He had  been hospitalized in critical condition with head injuries since arriving by  ambulance on Wednesday night. The child’s name was not released.

Joseph Robert Patterson, 27, is charged with aggravated battery of an infant and aggravated assault.

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Joseph Robert Patterson, 27, is  charged with aggravated battery of an infant and aggravated assault.

The tot was apparently a “secret” child, according to media reports.  Peterson was not sure the child was his until recently.

Peterson, who is not married, has another son about the same age named  Adrian Peterson Jr., and a daughter, Adeja, with a different woman.

Family, friends and well-wishers gather in Sertoma Park in Sioux Falls, S.D., for a candlelight vigil in memory of Peterson's 2-year-old son on Friday.

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Family, friends and well-wishers  gather in Sertoma Park in Sioux Falls, S.D., for a candlelight vigil in memory  of Peterson’s 2-year-old son on Friday.

The boyfriend of the child’s mother, Joseph Robert Patterson, 27, who has a  history of domestic incidents, called 911 about 5:45 Wednesday to report the  child was choking in his apartment, where he had been caring for the boy,  authorities said. The child was unresponsive when Sioux Falls Police and EMS  arrived.

Joseph Patterson (c.) leaves the Lincoln County Courthouse after a hearing on Friday.

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Joseph Patterson (c.) leaves the  Lincoln County Courthouse after a hearing on Friday.

Patterson was arrested because the child had injuries that were determined  to be consistent with abuse, police said.

Peterson, the National Football League’s MVP last season, was subdued in  talking to the media at his locker room Friday.

After receiving condolences from fellow NFL players and other sports stars, like LeBron James, Peterson expressed his thanks on Twitter Friday.

Adrian Peterson via Twitter

After receiving condolences from  fellow NFL players and other sports stars, like LeBron James, Peterson expressed  his thanks on Twitter Friday.

“I really appreciate all the support that I’ve been receiving from fans, the  Vikings organization,” said Peterson, who missed practice on Thursday. “This is  a private matter and I would ask you all to please just respect my privacy.”

Joseph Patterson faces up to 40 years in prison if found guilty of killing Adrian Peterson's son.

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Joseph Patterson faces up to 40 years  in prison if found guilty of killing Adrian Peterson’s son.

The running back, who has rushed for 421 yards this season — second in the  league — said he will play Sunday against Carolina.

“Football is something I will always fall back on,” he said. “It gets me  through tough times.”

Peterson, 28, said Friday that football gets him through tough times.

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Peterson, 28, said Friday that  football gets him through tough times.

After receiving condolences from fellow NFL players and other sports stars,  like LeBron James, Peterson, 28, expressed his thanks on Twitter, calling pro  football players “a fraternity of brothers.”

Patterson was initially charged with felony counts of aggravated battery of  an infant and aggravated assault. On Friday, South Dakota State’s Attorney  Thomas Wollman told the Daily News that his office will be “looking at  additional charges” in light of the child’s death.

Adrian Peterson plans on playing for the Vikings Sunday against the Panthers.

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Adrian Peterson plans on playing for  the Vikings Sunday against the Panthers.

“My office will be reviewing police reports and medical reports,” Wollman  said, calling the case a “very, very tragic event.” He said he has worked other  gut-wrenching cases, “but this is tops.”

Adrian Peterson last played for the Vikings against the Pittsburgh Steelers during the International Series in London.

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Adrian Peterson last played for the  Vikings against the Pittsburgh Steelers during the International Series in  London.

Patterson was jailed in lieu of $750,000 bail at a hearing on Friday  morning. Wollman said he expects a grand jury to return an indictment before  Patterson’s next court date, Oct. 23.

Wollman’s office filed motions Friday that ordered Patterson to serve  year-long sentences in two prior domestic violence cases in which sentence had  been suspended.

With News Wire Services

Culled from www.nydailynews.com

One thought on “2-year-old killed After Alleged Beating by Mother’s Boyfriend

  1. This TOUGH GUY faces 40 years IF CONVICTED???? That’s it?????

    His punishment should be execution by being beaten to death with steel rods.

    Maybe he’ll get his justice in prison.

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