Skip to main content

Report: Peterson investigated over injuries to another 4-year-old son

  • Author:
  • Updated:

A Houston, Texas, television station's investigation is revealing another incident in which Vikings running back Adrian Peterson was investigated for injuries to one of his sons.

According to KHOU, the incident allegedly occurred in June of 2013 and involves a four-year-old boy from a different mother than the boy Peterson is charged with injuring in May. The report says the 2013 incident occurred while the boy was visiting Peterson at his Spring, Texas, home.

The television station's I-TEAM obtained text messages exchanged between Peterson and the boy's mother about the incident.

"Mother: What happened to his head?Peterson: Hit his head on the CarseatMother: How does that happen, he got a whoopin in the car."Peterson: Yep.Mother: Why?Peterson: I felt so bad. But he did it his self."

According to KHOU, the text messages show Peterson said he was disciplining his son for cussing to a sibling. A source confirmed to KHOU the boy's mother filed a complaint with Child Protective Services, but no charges were filed against Peterson.

In a statement on Monday, Peterson said he is not a child abuser and is re-evaluating how he disciplines his children.

The incidents surrounding Peterson have touched off a debate about corporal punishment. Here is a piece that was done earlier today by KHOU.

This embed is invalid

Laws between Minnesota and Texas are somewhat similar. WCCO notes that in Minnesota state law says "reasonable force" can be used on a child by a caretaker if circumstances exist or the adult thinks they did. In Texas, state law says it can be used "within reason."

This embed is invalid

Next Up


Jason and Carly Zucker sell Edina home for $4.18M

The property was bought in 2020, months after Jason Zucker was traded to the Pittsburgh Penguins.

Legacy Lot Random (1 of 6)

Gallery: Luxury living is par for the course here

Cragun’s Golf Resort Communities Offer Stunning Views Along with Resort-Style Living

Screen Shot 2022-08-18 at 8.10.56 AM

Restrictions in place as Emerald Ash Borer found in Sherburne County

The county is now the 36th in the state with a confirmed presence of the invasive insect.

Fire, firefighters

Home that was scene of June standoff engulfed in fire

Authorities arrived to find the home fully ablaze.

Rosland park bridge

Crosstown Hwy. 62 reopens as footage emerges of truck hitting bridge

The westbound lanes were closed in Edina from Tuesday afternoon to Wednesday night.

Screen Shot 2022-08-17 at 8.31.42 PM

Flash flooding as torrential rain hammers Cambridge

Flooding and damage from a non-severe storm Wednesday evening.

Screen Shot 2022-08-17 at 4.02.18 PM

Minneapolis nonprofit celebrates anonymous donor's $1.5M gift

Appetite For Change is building sustainable, local food systems in North Minneapolis.

police lights

On the lam since 2007, suspect in MN murder case arrested in Florida

The suspect is one of three men connected to a fatal drive-by shooting on St. Paul's West Side.

Deer on road

Motorcyclist in collision with deer dies from injuries

The 55-year-old from Princeton died at a hospital a day after the crash.


Burnsville approves measure that will make its landfill much taller

The expansion will increase the landfill's allowable height by an additional 268 feet.

michael carbo

Northern MN man found guilty in 1980s cold case murder

Nancy Daugherty was found dead in the afternoon hours of July 16, 1986.