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VIDEO: Adrian Peterson's son dies after alleged severe beating by mother's boyfriend


POSTED: Friday, October 11, 2013 - 6:15pm

UPDATED: Saturday, October 12, 2013 - 8:14am

Suspect previously charged with assaulting a three-year-old boy.

Adrian Peterson's two-year-old son has died in a South Dakota hospital after he was allegedly beaten by Joseph (Joey) Patterson, 27.

The toddler died at 11:43 a.m., Friday, at Sanford USD Medical Center in Sioux Falls after being removed from life support.

Patterson is reportedly dating the mother of Peterson's child. 

The NFL reported, Adrian Peterson's father, Nelson Peterson, confirmed the injured toddler is his grandson and Adrian's son. Nelson Peterson did not identify the boy by name except to say he is not Adrian Peterson, Jr.

According to the Sioux Falls police report, obtained by KETK, Patterson called authorities about 5:45 p.m., Wednesday to report the 2-year-old was choking in his Sioux Falls apartment. Officers arrived to find that the toddler was unresponsive, and he was rushed to a local hospital.

The child was under the care of Patterson and no one else was home at the time of the incident. Patterson was arrested, said Lincoln County, South Dakota, State's Attorney Tom Wollman and Judge Stuart Tiede set his bail at $750,000 cash, during his court appearance Friday, according to police spokesman Sam Clemens.

Photo of Joseph Patterson from Facebook.

The child's mother, Ann "Ashley" Doohen, 29, is not under investigation, Clemens added.

Photo of Ann "Ashley" Doohen from Facebook.

An outcry of support has been posted to Doohen's Facebook page since the child was hospitalized, Wednesday.

Photo from Ashley Doohen Facebook.

Doohen also posted a picture of the child, but KETK will not release that photo out of respect for the family.

The Palestine native and NFL MVP immediately left his team to be with his son, but ESPN Central Texas reports, the Minnesota Vikings player is back with his team.

In Peterson's press conference, he confirmed he was at the hospital in South Dakota and is asking for privacy at this difficult time. He also thanked his teammates and the Vikings' staff for rallying around him at this time. Peterson said he is focused and will be ready to play in their game on Sunday.

According to, Patterson was previously charged with assaulting a three-year-old boy in 2012. states, Friday, Lincoln County State’s Attorney Tom Wollman asked a judge to revoke the terms of Patterson’s suspended sentence on two other domestic abuse cases. The first involved an assault on the mother of his own child and another of her children, the other arose from his refusal to abide by a judge’s order that he have no contact with them.

Judge Tiede set a hearing for October 30, to determine if Patterson will be ordered to serve his jail terms.

According to Patterson's Facebook, he is an independent distributor of Organo Gold in Sioux Falls. Organo Gold is a coffee distributor whose beverages are said to provide healthful benefits.

Peterson tweeted the following, Friday, after the news his son had passed away was made public:

If convicted on the charges, both felonies, Patterson could face up to 40 years in prison and an $80,000 fine, although, authorities will consider filing more charges in light of the boy's death.

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First of all, A.D. is a sweet, caring person. If you read the article, it said he was at the hospital. Everyone grieves differently, I'm sure getting back to what he does best will help him grieve. I mean football is an aggressive sport. I'm sure he'll get some anger out playing football. I agree with the others, don't judge. You don't know what he's going through, or how he's handling it. A football team does grow together as a family. So how about you show some respect, get off your high horse

He has had alot of tragic things happen in his life, im sure football has always been his outlet and a way to express his feelings of pain and disappointment, I am so sorry to hear this has happen and i hope that patterson gets what he deserves.

Do not judge others as to how they handle death. Each handles it differently. Until you have been in a situation of unexpected death of a very close family member(especially one of young age), you cannot understand how it feels, or how to handle it. Even those of us who have experienced this terrible nightmare have problems dealing with the emotions and how to cope.I believe he is playing because it's the way he has to deal with his lose. Please don't judge, just pray for all involved. God bless

That is a very narrrow-minded accusation. I don't know this man, but neither do you. The fact that he is with his team speaks to the fact that the team is his family, and he wanted to be with them during this very tragic time. You should not judge other people. Even if you know all of the facts, you should not judge others. Who are you to sit in judgement of anyone else?

I only stated my opinion!!!!...I do agree, the death of a child is heartbreaking and earth shaking...but I just find it so odd of Peterson to be on a football field when his child has died at another mans hand.

Now if that makes judgemental so be it.. ...I only stated my opinion..

Its just nothing less than despicable to know that Peterson will be playing in Sundays game. I can not believe a father would put a stupid football game ahead of being with his little child and the childs mother at this time. What a superior ego Adrain Peterson has. God has taken the little child into heaven and now he truly is an angel. Adrain has enough money to hold him over for a couple of missed games. Now I know why I have been disliking Adrain Peterson.

Nancy...You have NO right to judge anyone. People do crazy things when an unexpected death occurs. Well...we see it as crazy but they will cope with the death as they feel they need to. I don't think money has anything to do with why he will play. There is no amount of money that will bring his child back and many men on the football field play because of things that have happened in their past and football is a way to cope with things they have dealt with. Before you judge...THINK!

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