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UPDATE: New Bond Set in Death of Football Star's Son

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A South Dakota judge has increased bond from $750,000 to $1 million for the man accused of killing the 2-year-old son of Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson, citing the serious nature of the charges.

KELO-TV and KDLT-TV report that 27-year-old Joseph Patterson made his first court appearance Tuesday since being indicted on murder manslaughter charges in the death of Tyrese Ruffin. Patterson made the appearance via video conference from jail.

Patterson is the boyfriend of the boy's mother. Authorities allege he assaulted Tyrese on Oct. 9 while the two were alone in a Sioux Falls apartment. He's to be arraigned Monday. His attorney says Patterson is not guilty.

The Argus Leader reports that on Tuesday night, about 100 people turned out at a Sioux Falls church to mourn Tyrese.



(WCCO/AP) – Adrian Peterson's 2-year-old son, who had been in critical condition after being beaten, has died from his injuries, according to Sioux Falls police.

Peterson had been in Sioux Falls on Thursday, visiting the boy who police said had been allegedly severely beaten by the man who the mother of the boy is dating.

Joseph Robert Patterson, 27, was arrested in the case and is expected to be charged with aggravated assault and aggravated battery of an infant. His first court appearance was Friday


SIOUX FALLS, SD (KARE11-TV) - The website TMZ is reporting that Vikings running back Adrian Peterson's 2-year-old son is in critical condition in a Sioux Falls hospital.

The child's mother's 27-year-old boyfriend, Joseph Patterson, was arrested and charged with aggravated assault and aggravated battery of an infant.  The Sioux Falls Argus Leader reports Patterson has a history of domestic violence.

Patterson reportedly called police at 5:43 p.m. on Wednesday to say that the child had choking injuries, but Sioux Falls Police Lt. Blaine Larsen said it became clear at the hospital that the boy's injuries were not accidental.

Lt. Larsen said Patterson was the only one home the 2-year-old on Wednesday. The child was transported to a local hospital where he remained in critical condition on Thursday night.

Valley News Live affiliate KARE 11 reports that Peterson will practice Friday and speak to the media afterward.

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