Adrian Peterson has been indicted for felony child abuse after mercilessly flogging his 4-year old son with a switch, which resulted in open wounds.
The Minnesota Vikings superstar turned himself in to Houston police on Saturday morning, where he was booked and released after posting $15,000 bond.
According to the police report, Peterson admitted that he gave his son a ‘whooping’ after he pushed a child off a motorbike video game. According to him, the punishment he meted out to his kid was the same kind he received while growing up in East Texas.
After the whooping, Peterson’s son sustained several lacerations on his back, thighs and buttocks. The police report also noted a text Peterson had allegedly sent to the boy’s mother, where he admitted that he flogged him in the balls.
‘Got him in the nuts once I noticed. But I felt so bad, n I’m all tearing that butt up when needed!’ Peterson allegedly texted, following it up with, ‘Never do I go overboard! But all my kids will know, hey daddy has he biggest heart but don’t play no games when it comes to acting right.’
Peterson’s lawyer released a statement following the indictment, saying, ‘The charged conduct involves using a switch to spank his son. This indictment follows Adrian’s full cooperation with authorities who have been looking into this matter. Adrian is a loving father who used his judgement 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,’ the statement continued. ‘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,’ the statement concluded.
According to TMZ, the Montgomery District Attorney said the reason why Peterson was indicted was because he exceeded ‘reasonable discipline’ by using a tree branch (switch) on his son.
If convicted, he faces a maximum of 2 years in prison.