NFL Star Adrian Peterson
2-Year-Old Son Attacked
AM PT -- multiple sources with direct knowledge of the situation tell
TMZ ... the injured child is Adrian's son, but it's not Adrian Peterson
Jr., the child he's been famously photographed with in public over the
We reached out to Peterson's reps -- but so far, we have not heard back.
8:39 AM PT --
just addressed the media about the situation, saying Patterson
allegedly struck the child's mother with a 3 foot long metal
construction bar. She sustained one defensive injury to her arm and a
cut to the face. She refused medical attention.
2-year-old son is currently in critical condition in a South Dakota
hospital ... after he was allegedly severely beaten by the man dating
the mother of his child, TMZ has learned.
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.
to law enforcement, emergency responders arrived to the apartment where
Peterson's son was living at 5:46 PM on Wednesday ... and found the
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.
Story developing ...