Death of Peterson’s son reviewed

Prosecutors expect to ask a grand jury to consider more serious

charges in the death of the 2-year-old son of Minnesota Vikings

running back Adrian Peterson.

Tom Wollman, Lincoln County state’s attorney, said Tuesday he’ll

review the recently completed autopsy findings and other reports

before looking at any new charges against Joseph Robert Patterson,


“We’ll seek a grand jury review in the near future,” Wollman


Sioux Falls police identified the boy Tuesday as Tyrese Robert

Ruffin, who died Friday after being hospitalized with severe head

injuries. Earlier Tuesday, they’d given an incorrect surname.

Patterson, the boyfriend of Tyrese’s mother, was charged last

week with aggravated assault and aggravated battery and is being

held on $750,000 cash bond. A message left for Patterson’s attorney

Tuesday was not returned, and Patterson’s mother said she didn’t

want to comment.

The criminal complaint accuses Patterson of intentionally of

recklessly injuring Tyrese by causing bleeding of the skull or

brain damage by blows, shaking or making the boy’s head impact an

object or surface.

Prosecutors are also asking that a suspended sentence be imposed

for a 2012 domestic assault conviction, saying the deal required

Patterson to show no violent, threatening or assaultive behavior

for three years. A hearing on the motion is scheduled for Oct.


Lincoln County court records also show a July 2012 protection

order was taken out against Patterson, in which he had to stay

1,000 feet away from a former girlfriend, their son and her two

other boys for five years. The woman told the court that Patterson

spanked her 3-year-old son’s bare bottom until it had welts after

hearing the boy acted up at church.

The woman asked the court to drop the protection order two

months later, saying she wanted their son to be raised by both his

mother and father.

No plans for a memorial service for Tyrese have been announced,

and his relatives told The Associated Press they did not wish to

talk to reporters.

Peterson, who has declined to discuss the relationship he had

with the boy, rushed to the Sioux Falls hospital to see the child

Thursday, missing practice. He returned to Minneapolis for Friday’s

practice and learned that the child died.

He played Sunday in the Vikings’ loss to the Carolina


“Anytime you lose a child, no matter the circumstances, it

hurts,” Peterson told reporters after the game. “I can’t describe