Suspect previously charged with assaulting a three-year-old boy.
Sioux Falls, South Dakota (KWKT) — According to CNN, Adrian Peterson's two-year-old son has died in a South Dakota hospital after he was allegedly beaten by Joseph (Joey) Patterson, 27.
Patterson is reportedly dating the mother of Peterson's child.
The NFL reported, Adrian Peterson's father, Nelson Peterson, confirmed the injured toddler is his grandson and Adrian's son. Nelson Peterson did not identify the boy by name except to say he is not Adrian Peterson, Jr.
According to the Sioux Falls police report, obtained by KWKT, Patterson called authorities about 5:45 p.m., Wednesday to report the 2-year-old was choking in his Sioux Falls apartment, police spokesman Sam Clemens said. Officers arrived to find that the toddler was unresponsive, and he was rushed to a local hospital.
The child was under the care of Patterson and no one else was home at the time of the incident. Patterson was arrested, said Lincoln County, South Dakota, State's Attorney Tom Wollman and Judge Stuart Tiede set his bail at $750,000 cash, during his court appearance Friday, according to Clemens.
Photo of Joseph Patterson from Facebook.
His mother is not under investigation, Clemens added.
The Palestine native and NFL MVP immediately left his team to be with his son, but ESPN Central Texas reports, the Minnesota Vikings player is back with his team.
In Peterson's press conference, he confirmed he was at the hospital in South Dakota and is asking for privacy at this difficult time. He also thanked his teammates and the Vikings' staff for rallying around him at this time. Peterson said he is focused and will be ready to play in their game on Sunday.
According to ArgusLeader.com, Patterson was previously charged with assaulting a three-year-old boy in 2012.
Arugusleader.com states, Friday, Lincoln County State’s Attorney Tom Wollman asked a judge to revoke the terms of Patterson’s suspended sentence on two other domestic abuse cases. The first involved an assault on the mother of his own child and another of her children, the other arose from his refusal to abide by a judge’s order that he have no contact with them.
Judge Tiede set a hearing for October 30, to determine if Patterson will be ordered to serve his jail terms.