Adrian Peterson has been accused of child abuse for the second time in less than a week.
According to a new report by KHOU, the Minnesota Vikings running back sent a different four-year old son back to his mother last June with a scar on his forehead.
The station says Peterson sent the mother a text message that claimed the toddler smacked his head on a car seat... but when the boy's mother pressed the issue, Peterson admitted to striking hitting the child.
This story is developing.
UPDATE: Sources tell TMZ that the the child accidentally hit his head on a car seat while being punished by Peterson, but Peterson did not directly hit the boy.
KHOU has uncovered the actual text messages sent between Peterson and this woman. They read:
In a subsequent text, Peterson told the mother that if the child had simply remained "still" and taken his "whooping," he would not have hit his head.
The Houston TV station reports the mother of the four-year-old filed a report with Child Protective Services, but no charges have been filed.
Meanwhile, Peterson was arrested on charges of negligent or reckless injury to a child over the weekend.
He admitted to the authorities that he "whooped" another four-year old child with a switch, text messaging that boy's mother (who is a different woman than the original woman cited above) that he felt bad for going so far with his beating.
The Vikings sat Peterson for yesterday's game against the Patriots, but have reinstated him for next Sunday's contest against the Saints.
He issued a lengthy apology earlier today in which apologized for the latest incident, said he's been seeing a psychologist and that he's working to be a better father and person.