The worst has happened. The 2-year-old son of NFL star Adrian Peterson has died. The toddler was hospitalized late Wednesday and his mother's boyfriend, Joseph Robert Patterson, arrested on charges of abuse. A 911 call placed Wednesday from the mother's apartment stated the little boy was "choking," and first responders found the Minnesota Vikings running back's son unresponsive when they arrived.
Since then, it's been a waiting game, waiting for news ... hoping it wouldn't be this. With his death, cops are reportedly already considering more serious charges for the 27-year-old Patterson.
Cops have identified him as a man who was dating the little boy's mother -- Peterson and the mother are not currently involved (rumor has it he only recently learned he was the child's father) -- and his criminal record revealed prior assault charges, including a guilty plea for simple assault in a case that involved an adult woman and a juvenile. The mother of Patterson's own son has also reportedly requested protection orders in the past, claiming the suspect choked her and threatened her with a knife.
Police say the 2-year-old showed injuries consistent with abuse, and Patterson was the only person home at the time. As it stands, he faces charges of aggravated battery of an infant and aggravated assault, both felonies. Together, they carry the possibility of some 40 years in prison.
If there are more charges, if this case becomes a homicide (which is quite possible), who knows how much prison time the suspect could face. There is a 2-year-old dead here!
The little boy's name has not been released, but he is one of two children for Adrian Peterson, who also has a daughter named Adeja. The Vikings star has asked for privacy, and stated he will be throwing himself into Sunday's game against the Carolina Panthers.
Our hearts go out to this poor family.
Do you think there should be more charges here?
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