Minnesota Viking Adrian Peterson’s 2-year-old son died Friday afternoon following a savage beating Wednesday night, the Argus Leader reports.
The toddler was allegedly beaten by Joseph Patterson, who had been dating his mother, TMZ reports. When police arrived at the boy’s apartment at 5:45pm Wednesday, he was unresponsive.
Sioux Falls, South Dakota police charged Joseph Robert Patterson, 27, with aggravated assault and aggravated assault on an infant, USA Today reports.
Peterson said Friday afternoon that he would still play on Sunday.
The boy’s name was not released, but he is not Adrian Peterson Jr., who has been frequently photographed with his father.