Son of Vikings RB dies; suspect charged, jailed

By: WEAU 13 News Staff Email
By: WEAU 13 News Staff Email

SIOUX FALLS, SD (WEAU) -- A two-year-old son of a star football player has died.

KARE-TV in Minneapolis reports that the son of Vikings running back Adrian Peterson died from his injuries at a hospital on Friday afternoon. Joseph Robert Patterson, 27, is charged with aggravated assault and aggravated assault on an infant in Lincoln County, SD. He's accused of harming the boy who was in his care.

Earlier Friday, Peterson told reporters he will play Sunday. Peterson declined to speak Friday specifically about the situation. He asked reporters to respect his and his family's privacy. His father, Nelson Peterson, had told the St. Paul Pioneer Press that one of Peterson's sons was in critical condition at a hospital in South Dakota.

Patterson had a court appearance Friday. He was ordered held on $750,000 cash bond. Police say the child's name will be released next week.

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