Minnesota Vikings Player Adrian Peterson Indicted for Child Abuse

Adrian PetersonMinnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson was indicted in Texas on Friday and suspended from Sunday's impending game for "reckless or negligent injury to a child." His own 4-year-old child, who he admitted to "whooping" last May when he was visiting him in Houston.

When he got home to his mom in Minneapolis, she took him to a doctor for the cuts and bruises on his legs, and the boy confessed that his dad had hit him with a tree branch. According to the police report, the doctor told the authorities that he had "a number of lacerations on his thighs, along with bruise-like marks on his lower back and buttocks and cuts on his hand." Another authority called it child abuse.

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What did the little guy do to serve such a whooping? He was apparently being punished for pushing another of Peterson's kids off a motorbike in a video game. Yeah.

Also in the police report were alleged text messages between the professional football player and the child's mother. The first one from him to her reads, "You will be mad at me about his leg," and a later one says, "He got about five more pops than normal. He didn’t drop one tear! … He’s tough as nails."

If that's, poor kiddo was probably afraid he'd get hit more than usual if he cried!

In yet another text, Peterson allegedly wrote, "Never do I go overboard! But all my kids will know, hey daddy has the biggie heart but don’t play no games when it comes to acting right."

When question by investigators, he regarded it as a normal spanking. "To be honest with you," he said, "I feel very confident with my actions because I know my intent."

They asked if he would consider refraining from using switches, he allegedly said that he would never "eliminate whooping my kids ... because I know how being spanked has helped me in my life."

Yeah, I'm pretty sure leaving cuts and bruises on your 4-year-old child isn't a "normal" spanking.

Do you consider these types of injuries to be child abuse?

 

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