NFL Star Adrian Peterson's 2-Year-Old Son In Critical Condition After Beating
NFL star Adrian Peterson's 2-year-old son was allegedly assaulted by the child's mother's boyfriend and is in critical condition in a South Dakota hospital.
The Minnesota Vikings running back immediately left his team to be with his son.
Officials tell us they've arrested the suspect, 27-year-old Joseph Patterson ... who's been charged with aggravated felony assault and battery of an infant.
According to law enforcement, emergency responders arrived to the apartment where Peterson's son was living at 5:46 PM on Wednesday ... and found the child unresponsive.
He was rushed to a nearby hospital and medical experts determined the injuries were consistent with abuse.
Law enforcement sources tell us ... the child suffered severe head injuries.
Peterson is tight with his son -- back in February, we got video of the two hanging out together during NBA All-Star weekend in Houston.
According to Sports Illustrated, Peterson is in Sioux Falls, SD.
Prayers up to Adrian Peterson and his family.