MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. — Minnesota Vikings star running back Adrian Peterson has been indicted for child abuse in North Montgomery County, Texas, and will not play Sunday, according to a new report.
Sources told TMZ Sports the alleged victim is Peterson’s 4-year-old son from Minnesota, who was reportedly visiting his father back in May at his home in Texas.
Law enforcement sources reportedly told CBS Houston that Peterson described the incident as a “whooping,” and that it occurred after his son pushed another boy of a motorbike video game.
Peterson then grabbed a tree branch, which he referred to as a “switch,” according to law enforcement sources, removed the leaves and struck the child with it repeatedly.
The beating reportedly resulted in cuts and bruises to the child’s back, buttocks, ankles, legs and scrotum, along with defensive wounds to his hands.
Though Peterson indicated via text to the 4-year-old’s mother that he felt bad about several wounds the boy sustained, he also wrote “Never do I go overboard! But all my kids will know, hey daddy has the biggie heart but don’t play no games when it comes to acting right,” according to law enforcement sources.
CBS Houston also reported the child later told his mother that Peterson “likes belts and switches” and “has a whooping room.”
TMZ reported the child returned home to his mother in Minnesota, who noticed injuries and took the child to a doctor. A short time later, the doctor contacted authorities in Texas to report Peterson.
Child Protective Services confirmed to TMZ that they are working on a case involving Peterson.
Peterson was indicted in Montgomery County on Friday for reckless or negligent injury to a child, according to Fox 26 Houston.
Peterson missed Vikings team practice Thursday, though the team explained it as a “veteran’s day.” Peterson did attend practice again Friday and was said to be laughing and joking on the field.
Since the indictment was announced, the team has indicated that Peterson will be deactivated for the team’s game on Sunday against the New England Patriots.
Earlier on Friday , Peterson posted the following message on Twitter, though it’s unclear if it’s related to the case.
— Adrian Peterson (@AdrianPeterson) September 12, 2014