Adrian Peterson's Son: Alleged Killer Charged With Murder

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The man who allegedly beat Minnesota Vikings superstar Adrian Peterson's two-year-old son to death earlier this month has been charged with murder.

Joseph Patterson faces one count of second degree murder and two counts of first degree manslaughter, as well as aggravated battery of an infant.

He was also charged with felony child abuse in the death of the two-year-old.

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Patterson, who was dating the boy's mother, was supposed to be caring for the child while she was away. It's unclear why the alleged attack occurred.

Second degree murder carries a mandatory life sentence in South Dakota.

The tragic case came as a surprise for obvious reasons, but also for some of the details it unearthed about Peterson, the 28-year-old 2012 NFL MVP.

He had never met the boy before he was in a coma after the alleged beating, although he recently was informed of and acknowledged he was the father.

Bobby Ruffin, the man who raised the deceased boy, and whose last name he carries, and who believed he was the dad until recently, called out Peterson.

More specifically, he said he was sick of the "poor AP" s--t following the tragedy, even though he is not in a relationship with the boy's mother either.

Peterson has also fathered six other children by various women.

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