published Friday, October 11th, 2013

AP Source: Minnesota Vikings star Adrian Peterson's son dies of injuries suffered in an alleged child abuse

Minnesota Vikings' Adrian Peterson, right, receives a hug from an unidentified person during an NFL football practice field at Winter Park in Eden Prairie, Minn., Friday, Oct. 11, 2013.
Minnesota Vikings' Adrian Peterson, right, receives a hug from an unidentified person during an NFL football practice field at Winter Park in Eden Prairie, Minn., Friday, Oct. 11, 2013.
Photo by Associated Press /Chattanooga Times Free Press.

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. — Authorities say a 2-year-old has died of injuries suffered in an alleged child abuse case in South Dakota, and a person with knowledge of the situation tells The Associated Press the boy is the son of Minnesota Vikings star Adrian Peterson. A man there was charged with aggravated assault and battery in the child's death.

Lincoln County State's Attorney Tom Wollman confirmed the death of the child Friday. He had been in critical condition in a hospital with severe head injuries since Wednesday.

Peterson declined to talk about the case while at practice Friday, and prosecutors and police in South Dakota declined to confirm the boy was his son. However, a person with knowledge of the situation confirmed the connection on condition of anonymity because Peterson had requested privacy in the matter.

A 27-year-old man, Joseph Patterson, has been charged with battery in the child's death.

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