Adrian Peterson's 2-Year Old Son Attacked by Mother's Boyfriend, In Critical Condition

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Very scary news this week for one of the NFL's best players:

The two-year old son of Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson was brutally attacked by the man dating the child's mother and rushed to a hospital in South Dakota.

Sources tell TMZ that the toddler is in critical condition and his head injuries are consistent with abuse.

Joseph Patterson, 27, has been arrested for the heinous act and charged with aggravated felony assault and battery of an infant.

Peterson nearly broke the single-season league rushing record last season and was the NFL MVP. We send him and his family our best wishes during this difficult time.

UPDATE: Details remain scarce, but Peterson's father told The Pioneer Press via phone: "All I can say is, we are asking for prayers and for respect for our family as we deal with this tragic situation.

Peterson also says he'll be playing on Sunday.

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Not surprising - once a mother is "dating", statistics show that her children are 40% more likely to be beaten or raped. Mothers should take that job seriously and not allow their "friends" to be alone with their children

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Praying for u and ur son I know how it fills Adrian u r my fav foot ball player ever keep playing hard