Minnesota Vikings NFL star Adrian Peterson has been indicted on child abuse charges for spanking his 4 year-old son with a ‘switch’ (flimsy tree branch) which left injuries on the child seen in new pictures that surfaced online.
The Minnesota Vikings running back was issued a warrant on a felony charge of injury to a child by Texas’ Montgomery Sheriff’s County Office.
The NFL star reportedly turned himself and was booked on charges of reckless or negligent injury to a child stemming from his use of a switch to spank his son as a disciplinary action.
Peterson’s attorney, Rusty Hardin, says Adrian is a loving father who simply used his parental judgement to discipline his son using the same kind of discipline that he received as a child while growing up in Texas.
The Vikings star is expected to address the charges soon himself. Peterson meanwhile will not be playing in Sunday’s game with the New England Patriots.
It was only last October that Adrian Peterson’s 2 year-old son died from injuries of an assault by a man his son’s mother was dating named Joseph Robert Patterson.
Patterson was charged with murder and manslaughter for the incident to Peterson’s son which the NFL star had learned two months earlier that he was the father of the young boy.
This comes just days during the midst of the story of NFL star Ray Rice, who has been indefinitely suspended by the NFL for domestic assault on his wife that was caught on tape by video surveillance in an elevator.
There is no word yet on when or if Adrian Peterson will return to games with the Minnesota Vikings.