Adrian Peterson's Sioux Falls child was "a secret," source says
-- Update at bottom --
A woman in Sioux Falls who is close to the mother involved in the tragic story about Adrian Peterson's two-year-old son says the fact AP had a child living in Sioux Falls was "a secret."
:::: UPDATE :::: Joey Patterson, man accused of beating AP's son, says his son is "my life"
She said the mother of the child had a casual relationship with AP when she lived in the Twin Cities (she's since moved to South Dakota). She became pregnant, but wasn't sure about the identify of the father "until just recently." A paternity test revealed that the dad was indeed Adrian Peterson. Our source says Peterson isn't identified as the father on the birth certificate of the child, who goes by his mother's last name.
Before the paternity test, the mother knew the father "could've been one of two guys," she said.
Our source says Adrian was aware he was the father of the child before this week's tragic incident. Previous reports have indicated Adrian only has two children, Adrian Jr. and a daughter named Adeja.
"Why would he be in Sioux Falls, missing practice, if it wasn't his kid?" she said.
Tragically, our source says Adrian's son is not expected to survive his injuries (UPDATE -- AP's son has since died). The plan is to take him off a ventilator this evening and donate his organs.
"Unless God provides some sort of miracle, he's gone," she said.
The child was rushed to the hospital Wednesday evening. Our source says people close to the mother were initially told the child had choked on candy. Only later did it emerge his brain injuries were the result of being violently shaken.
A man the mother had recently started dating, 27-year-old Joseph Patterson, was arrested and charged with aggravated assault and aggravated battery of an infant in connection with the incident.
:::: UPDATE ::::
After practice today, AP made a few remarks to the assembled media. He asked for privacy and wouldn't comment on the Sioux Falls situation itself, but said he'll play Sunday "without a doubt," adding that football has helped him through tough times throughout his life.
"I'm ready to roll. I'm focused," he said.
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