Source: AP's son was indeed victim of beating, but it wasn't Adrian Peterson Jr.
:::: UPDATE AND BACKSTORY :::: Adrian Peterson's Sioux Falls child was "a secret," source says
:::: UPDATE :::: A source in South Dakota says the victim was Adrian Peterson's son, but not Adrian Peterson Jr. From an email she sent us:
Just a heads up, TMZ is reporting incorrect information, it's not AP Jr who is in the hospital in Sioux Falls, it's [name withheld].
I live here in Sioux Falls and have been kept up to date via friends of [the child's] mom....
The woman went on to provide a link to the CaringBridge page of the injured child (UPDATE -- AP's son has since died). Other local media members have told us they're also hearing the child involved isn't AP Jr. For more about AP's "secret" Sioux Falls child, read our follow-up post.
Original post -- Adrian Peterson spent the last couple days away from the Vikings in Sioux Falls to deal with a situation a ProFootballTalk source characterized as "tragic."
This morning, TMZ is reporting that AP's two-year-old son is in critical condition after being beaten by a man who is dating his mother.
According to law enforcement, emergency responders arrived to the apartment where Peterson's son was living at 5:46 PM on Wednesday ... and found the child unresponsive.
He was rushed to a nearby hospital and medical experts determined the injuries were consistent with abuse.
Law enforcement sources tell us ... the child suffered severe head injuries.
The Sioux Falls Argus Leader reports 27-year-old Joseph Patterson was arrested and charged with aggravated assault and aggravated battery of an infant.
From from the Argus Leader:
Sioux Falls Police Lt. Blaine Larsen said Patterson was the only one home with the 2-year-old on Wednesday. The boy recently had moved there with his mother and Patterson.
"It was a fairly new relationship," Larsen said.
Patterson called police at 5:43 p.m. Wednesday, reporting the child had choking injuries. The child was taken by ambulance to a local hospital, where he remained in critical condition Thursday night, Larsen said. An examination led doctors to suspect that the boy's injuries were "consistent with abuse" and not accidental, Larsen said.
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