On Sept. 12, Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson was indicted for child abuse after he admitted to using a branch or rod—which he and his attorney identified as a switch—to beat his 4-year-old son. The strikes left the boy with marks on his legs, buttocks, scrotum and head.
And now the case has taken a shocking turn—as a report claims he was investigated for another abuse case involving one of his other children.
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In June 2013, another woman—with whom he fathered a child—reported an incident to Child Protective Services when her son, then 4, came home with a scar on his forehead. The 29-year-old allegedly told the woman the boy had hit his head on his car seat, but when the woman questioned the NFL pro further, Adrian eventually admitted to hitting the child.
However, sources close to the incident reveal the investigation never made it into further stages because the injury wasn’t the result of Adrian directly striking him on his forehead—rather, the boy had in fact hit his head on the car seat, while his father was punishing him.
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TMZ explains this incident was “not impermissible” because parents are allowed to legally administer “reasonable punishment” under Texas law.
These allegations aren’t the first time Adrian has come face-to-face with the shocking horrors of child abuse. On Oct. 11, 2013, Adrian’s two-year-old son—born to a third woman—died after sustaining injuries, allegedly at the hands of the boyfriend of toddler’s mother.
Despite being indicted last week, the Vikings made the shocking decision to reinstate the running back for practices and to play in Sunday’s game against the New Orleans Saints.