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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. 

Reports TMZ:

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.

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