NFL’s Adrian Peterson indicted for child abuse in Montgomery County, TX
MONTGOMERY COUNTY, TX (KFOR) – Former University of Oklahoma running back and Minnesota Viking star, Adrian Peterson, has reportedly been indicted for child abuse in North Montgomery County, Texas.
My Fox Houston reports Peterson has been indicted for reckless or negligent injury to a child.
According to TMZ, Child Protective Services confirms they are working on a case involving Peterson and an 11-year-old boy.
Sources told TMZ the alleged victim is a male child from Minnesota who was visiting the football player’s home in Texas in May. When the child returned home to his mother, she noticed injuries and took the child to a doctor.
Later, the doctor contacted authorities to report Peterson.
NFL Insider Jay Glazer says Adrian is cooperating with law enforcement and will turn himself in to authorities.
According to Houston’s KPRC, Peterson was not indicted when charges were first presented to a grand jury. However, the grand jury accepted the charges after they were re-filed by the Montgomery County District Attorney’s Office.
The Minnesota Vikings issued the following statement regarding Peterson’s situation:
“The Vikings are in the process of gathering information regarding the legal situation involving Adrian Peterson. At this time, we will defer further questions to Adrian’s attorney Rusty Hardin.”
“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.”
-Rusty Hardin, Adrian Peterson’s attorney
In the wake of the recent indictment, the Minnesota Vikings have deactivated Peterson for Sunday’s game against the New England Patriots.