Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson, who was indicted on child abuse charges in Texas last week, was investigated in another child abuse incident last June, according to a report from KHOU 11 News.
The investigation involved a second of Peterson’s sons, a four-year-old boy. Peterson allegedly hit the child so hard he left a scar over his eye. KHOU obtained pictures of the child with a bandage over his eye and another of the child with a scar, as well as text messages between Peterson and the child’s mother describing the incident.
In the text message chain, the woman asks Peterson if the child “got a whoopin in the car,” to which the running back responded, “Yep.”
“I felt so bad. But he did it his self,” Peterson later texted.
The results of a Child Protective Services investigation are unclear. No charges were filed.
The case that resulted in Peterson’s indictment accused him of using a switch to discipline another of his sons and leaving wounds on the boy’s legs, back, and genitals. The second incident could be “very damaging” evidence in that case, a former prosecutor told KHOU.
The Vikings deactivated Peterson before Sunday’s game against the New England Patriots, but the franchise’s owners announced Monday that Peterson would return to practice this week and is expected to play in the team’s game against New Orleans this Sunday.
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