Adrian Peterson's 2yrs old son dies after the boyfriend of mother alleged assault!!!! Wht Wht sorry hell Nall
| Adrian Peterson's 2yrs old son dies after the |
boyfriend of mother alleged assault
Sioux Falls, South Dakota, police said Joseph Robert Patterson, 27, has been charged with aggravated battery of an infant and aggravated assault. If convicted on the charges, both felonies, Patterson could face up to 40 years in prison and an $80,000 fine.
Prosecutors are considering filing additional charges against Patterson in light of the boy's death, according to police.
Soon after the news came out of the boy's death, Adrian Peterson took to Twitter to express his gratitude to his family, fans and the "fraternity of brothers" in the NFL for their support.
"God Bless everyone and thank u so much," he wrote.
Patterson called authorities about 5:45 p.m. Wednesday to report that a 2-year-old was choking in his Sioux Falls apartment, police spokesman Sam Clemens said. Officers arrived to find the toddler unresponsive, and he was rushed to a nearby hospital.
|Joseph Robert Patterson, 27, is charged with aggravated battery of an infant and aggravated assault.|
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 initial court appearance Friday, according to Clemens.
|Family, friends and well-wishers gather in Sertoma Park in Sioux Falls, S.D., for a candlelight vigil in memory of Peterson's 2-year-old son on Friday.|
"This is an absolute tragedy," Wollman said Friday, "and the parents and the extended family are suffering greatly."
Authorities have declined to name the child, with police saying that information is "being withheld out of respect for the family and to give them time to make notification."
Peterson's father, Nelson Peterson, told the St. Paul Pioneer Press that the injured toddler is his grandson and Adrian's son. Nelson Peterson did not identify the boy by name except to say he was not Adrian Peterson Jr.
The 2012 NFL Most Valuable Player himself did not elaborate on what happened when addressing reporters earlier Friday, at which time the child was in critical condition. But he did acknowledge that he was dealing with "a private matter," adding that he still plans to play in Sunday's game against the Carolina Panthers.
|Joseph Patterson (c.) leaves the Lincoln County Courthouse after a hearing on Friday.|
Even if he wasn't talking, many athletes were. The Washington Redskins' Robert Griffin III and Houston Texans' defense lineman J.J. Watt were among Peterson's competitors who expressed condolences online, as well as their shock at what happened.
|Respect his privacy and keep him in your prayer|
Among the most vocal was LeBron James, who has won the NBA's MVP award four of the past five seasons. Declaring "ol buddy will get what's coming to him!!" -- an apparent reference to the suspect -- James expressed the sorrow he felt, as a young father himself, while offering support to his friend.
"So Damn sad man!" the Miami Heat star tweeted. "Makes no sense at all. Innocent kid with dreams gets taking away by a coward with no dreams at all! Smh #SickForAP."