EDEN PRAIRIE, MN (CNN) - The 2-year-old son of Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson has died in a South Dakota hospital.
Police say the 2-year-old was allegedly beaten by an adult caregiver, who is the boyfriend of the child's mother, named Joseph Patterson, 27.
"Thank you to my family, my fans and fans of other teams for their support. The NFL is a fraternity of brothers and I am thankful for the tweets, phone calls and text messages from my fellow players. God Bless everyone and thank u so much," Peterson wrote on his Facebook wall.
Peterson's father told the Saint Paul Pioneer Press that the injured boy is not Adrian Peterson Jr.
Nelson Peterson says the child is another one of the NFL player's sons, who lives in Sioux Falls, SD, with his mother.
Officers were called to their apartment on Wednesday and found the child unresponsive.
They rushed him to the hospital where an examination found injuries consistent with a beating.
Peterson briefly addressed the matter during a break in practice with the Vikings Friday.
"I really appreciate all the support that I've been receiving from the fans, the Vikings organization. You know, this is a private matter. I'd ask you all to please respect my privacy and not ask at all about the situation at hand. Thanks. Appreciate it," he said.
Authorities say the mother's boyfriend was the only person with the child at the apartment.
Joseph Patterson, 27, is charged with aggravated assault and aggravated battery on an infant.
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