A Texas Grand Jury has charged Peterson after images of his son were released Friday, showing the young child with ‘scabbed-over scratches’, NY Daily News reported.
According to Sports News, Peterson “is accused of using a branch, or switch, to spank his 4-year-old son,” attorney Rusty Hardin stated.
The use of tools used to spank the young boy has allegedly left the toddler with cuts and bruises on his back, thighs, buttocks and scrotum, damages which were later found after Peterson’s son returned home and went to a scheduled doctor’s appointment.
The football player however claims to have nothing to hide about the incident, he simply, “whooped” him.
As reported in Sporting News, Peterson as well informed the child’s mother about the spanking through a series of text messages.
Knowing that the mother would be upset, Peterson informed her of a particular wound on the child’s leg, “I got kinda good wit the tail end of the switch.”
The NFL super star however stated that he “felt bad “after noticing that the switch was wrapping around the 4-year-old’s thigh, essential hurting the child.
Peterson continued, confirming that he may have taken the incident too far.
“Never do I go overboard! But all my kids will know, hey daddy has the biggie heart but don’t play no games when it comes to acting right.”
The occurrence however is no small matter.
After authorities found out about the abuse, “Peterson was indicated for reckless of negligent injury to a child in Montgomery County, Texas, where he lives,” Fox 26 TV reported.
Peterson’s attorney, Rusty Hardin, left a lengthy statement on Twitter about the alleged abuse.
“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 incident 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.”
As indicated within Hardin’s post, Peterson will turn him self in.
Until then, we wish his son the best.