The 2-year-old son of Adrian Peterson has died from injuries he sustained while allegedly being beaten by a man who was dating his mother.
The boy was reportedly beaten by the man, TMZ reported Friday. Joseph Patterson, 27, was arrested Thursday night and is charged with aggravated assault and aggravated battery of an infant. That charge is expected to be changed.
Immediately after the news broke about his son's death, Peterson went to twitter to thank his fans and the NFL:
"The NFL is a fraternity of brothers and I am thankful for the tweets, phone calls and text messages from my fellow players."
"God Bless everyone and thank u so much."
Patterson called authorities about 5:45 p.m. Wednesday to a report that a 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 nearby hospital.
Authorities determined that the child had suffered injuries to his head consistent with abuse, according to Clemens. Police said Patterson, whom they described as the boyfriend of the injured child's mother, was the only other person in the residence at the time.
The suspect -- who was given suspended sentences a year ago for simple domestic assault and violation of a domestic abuse bond, both misdemeanors -- was arrested Thursday night, said Lincoln County, South Dakota, State's Attorney Tom Wollman. A judge set his bail at $750,000 cash during his court appearance Friday, according to Clemens.
The boy injured in the alleged assault has not been named, but it is not Adrian, Jr., according to Myfoxtwincities.com.
Peterson has said he will play in Sunday's game.