The son of the Minnesota Vikings star running back died Friday in a hospital in Sioux Falls, S.D., two days after allegedly suffering injuries at the hands of 27-year-old Joseph Robert Patterson, his mother’s boyfriend.
Reports say the child died in a hospital in Sioux Falls, S.D., about 11:43 a.m. The child’s name was not released.
The tot was apparently a “secret” child, according to media reports. Peterson was not sure the child was his until recently.
Peterson, who is not married, has another son about the same age named Adrian Peterson Jr., and a daughter, Adeja, with a different woman.
The boyfriend of the child’s mother, Joseph Robert Patterson, 27, who has a history of domestic incidents, called 911 about 5:45 Wednesday to report the child was choking in his apartment, where he had been caring for the boy, authorities said. The child was unresponsive when Sioux Falls Police and EMS arrived.
Patterson was arrested because the child had injuries that were determined to be consistent with abuse, police said.