Adrian Peterson Indicted By Grand Jury For Child Abuse, Will Not Play In Week 2

by Michael Drahota | Posted on Friday, September 12th, 2014 | 0


Heading into their Week 2 contest against the New England Patriots, the Minnesota Vikings just received a very disturbing bit of news that could significantly affect their lineup in the near future.

FOX 26 Houston has reported that star running back Adrian Peterson was indicted in Montgomery County, Texas for reckless or negligent injury to a child.

Peterson’s Houston attorney, Rusty Hardin, declined comment when contacted by FOX 26 Sports.

However, insider Ian Rapoport elaborated on the situation, noting that the incident allegedly involves Peterson hitting his son with a switch:

Apparently the investigation has been going on for some time and Peterson has already testified in front of a grand jury:

Hardin later issued a statement on the situation courtesy of CBS Houston:

“Adrian Peterson has been informed that he was indicted by a grand jury in Montgomery County, Texas for Injury to a Child. The charged conduct involves using a switch to spank his son. This indictment follows Adrian’s full cooperation with authorities who have been looking into this matter. Adrian is a loving father who used his judgment as a parent to discipline his son. He used the same kind of discipline with his child that he experienced as a child growing up in east Texas. Adrian has never hidden from what happened. He has cooperated fully with authorities and voluntarily testified before the grand jury for several hours. Adrian will address the charges with the same respect and responsiveness he has brought to this inquiry from its beginning. It is important to remember that Adrian never intended to harm his son and deeply regrets the unintentional injury.”

But the police reports painted a much more sinister picture of the star running back:

According to police reports, the child, however, had a slightly different story, telling authorities that “Daddy Peterson hit me on my face.” The child also expressed worry that Peterson would punch him in the face if the child reported the incident to authorities. He also said that he had been hit by a belt and that “there are a lot of belts in Daddy’s closet.” He added that Peterson put leaves in his mouth when he was being hit with the switch while his pants were down. The child told his mother that Peterson “likes belts and switches” and “has a whooping room.”

Peterson, when contacted by police, admitted that he had “whooped” his son on the backside with a switch as a form of punishment, and then, in fact, produced a switch similar to the one with which he hit the child. Peterson also admitted that he administered two different “whoopings” to his son during the visit to Texas, the other being a punishment for the 4-year-old scratching the face of a 5-year-old.

In an interview with Houston police, Peterson was very matter-of-fact and calm about the incident, appearing to believe he had done nothing wrong and reiterating how much he cared about his son and only used “whoopings” or “spankings” as a last resort. He offered up information that the police didn’t have and was incredulous when asked if some of the numerous wounds and marks on the child were from an extension cord, saying, “Oh, no, I’d never hit my child with an extension cord. I remember how it feels to get whooped with an extension cord. I’d never do that.”

Peterson also said, “Anytime I spank my kids, I talk to them before, let them know what they did, and of course after.” Peterson also expressed regret that his son did not cry – because then, Peterson said, he would have known that the switch was doing more damage than intended. He didn’t realize the “tip of the switch and the ridges of the switch were wrapping around [the child’s] legs.” Peterson also acknowledged that this was administered directly to the child’s skin and with the child’s pants pulled down.

Peterson later told police that the marks on his son’s buttocks were similar to the marks any of his other children get when he “spanks them with a switch,” but that the mark on the child’s leg from when the switch “wrapped around his thigh” was more severe than anything he had ever done in the past.

Peterson said he knew that his son had a doctor’s appointment scheduled for when he returned home and that the doctor would discover the injuries. Peterson added that if he felt like he was “really wrong for what I did, or had any ill intent, there’s no way I would have let him get on that plane.” He went on to say, “I have nothing to hide, but I also understand when a child has marks like that on his leg, they have to report that.”

The Montgomery County Sheriff’s Department issued the following statement on Peterson:

On Thursday, September 11, 2014, a Montgomery County Grand Jury, “true billed”, Adrian Lewis Peterson on a charge of injury to a child. On today’s date at 2:47 PM, a warrant was issued and entered for the arrest of Adrian Peterson for that charge.

Since the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office has referred the case to the Montgomery County District Attorney’s Office, and the investigation has led to a, “true bill”, on a criminal offense, the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office will not discuss details in reference to the case or investigation.

At the time of this release, Adrian Peterson is not in custody at the Montgomery County Jail and the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office does not have any details in the arrest of Adrian Peterson.

A warrant has been issued for Peterson’s arrest but he is not currently in custody.

Peterson was recently involved with a sad instance of child abuse when a child that he fathered out of wedlock was apparently beaten to death by his mother’s boyfriend, who was arrested for the crime.

But this instance apparently concerns a different child altogether, and this is a different league given recent circumstances.

In light of the league’s battle with domestic violence as of late, it was no surprise to see Darren Wolfson report that the Vikings place the inactive tag on Peterson for this Sunday’s game against the New England Patriots:

So the issue of violence close to home has struck football not even one week after the horrific scandal of Ray Rice escalated. However, now it has affected one of the league’s biggest stars, and it’s clear the NFL will have to make an example out of him if they want to avoid any more damage to their already shaky reputation.

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