Claim: The 2-year-old son of NFL star Adrian Peterson has died as the result of an apparent beating.
Example: [Collected via e-mail, October 2013]
Sad news! NFL star Adrian Peterson's son has died as a result of a beating he took from a man the boy's mother was dating, local police report.
This is a horrible story. Please send prayers to #AdrianPeterson. The whole world just collapsed on this man...
Origins: On 11 October 2013, the 2-year-old son of Minnesota Vikings star running back Adrian Peterson died on in a Sioux Falls, S.D., hospital, reportedly from severe head injuries he suffered as the result of a beating:
"As officers and first responders got there, they found child was unresponsive and he was taken to the hospital," police spokesman Sam Clemens said. "So they ended up calling police about that or letting them know. We had detectives talk to quite a few people to try to figure out what happened. What they ended up finding was that when the injuries happened there was one person with that child, and that person was Joseph Patterson."
"The injuries they found were head injuries," Clemens said. "It was obvious to medical staff that abuse had taken place and that those injuries weren't accidental."
Clemens said police believe the child's mother was "gone for a short time, and that's when we believe the injury occurred."