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Son of Vikings' Adrian Peterson dies

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The two-year-old son of Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson has died in Sioux Falls from injuries sustained during an alleged aggravated assault on Wednesday.

Police are not releasing the boy's name out of respect for the family, but Peterson's father, Nelson Peterson, told the St. Paul Pioneer Press the child is Adrian Peterson's son.

Lincoln County State's Attorney Tom Wollman confirmed the death of the child, who had been in critical condition in a hospital with severe head injuries since Wednesday. The boy died at 11:43 a.m. at Sanford USD Medical Center in Sioux Falls after being removed from life support, Wollman said.

Joseph Patterson, 27, was charged with aggravated assault and aggravated battery in the child's death. He had a court appearance Friday and was ordered held on $750,000 cash bond.

Wollman said he'll review police and medical reports before making further decisions about criminal charges, possibly by early next week.

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