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NFL's Adrian Peterson's Son Dies After 'Assault'
The two-year-old son of American football star Adrian Peterson has died after he was allegedly assaulted by a man reported to be his mother's partner.
The official website of Peterson's Minnesota Vikings team said the toddler was the player's son, although this has not been confirmed by authorities.
The child had been in a critical condition in a South Dakota hospital with severe head injuries since Wednesday.
Peterson did not comment on the youngster's death and asked for privacy as he left a training session.
However, writing on Twitter, the 28-year-old said: "Thank you to my family, my fans and fans of other teams for their support.
"The NFL is a fraternity of brothers and I'm thankful for the tweets, phone calls and text messages from my fellow players.
"God bless everyone and thank you so much."
An NFL spokesman described the news as "absolutely heartbreaking".
"We send our condolences to Peterson and his family at this unimaginable time," he said.
Joseph Patterson has been charged with battery in relation to the death.
Peterson's father Nelson Peterson told the Minneapolis Star Tribune newspaper that the 27-year-old was the boyfriend of the child's mother.
Sioux Falls police spokesman Sam Clemens said Patterson would face additional charges.
Peterson is expected to play for the Vikings in their next game against the Carolina Panthers.