Did Adrian Peterson Injure His Other 4-Year-Old Son? Depends Who You're Asking

After benching him for Sunday's game against the New England Patriots, the Minnesota Vikings reactivated running back Adrian Peterson — who allegedly abused his 4-year-old son — on Monday. But a new case has surfaced that may once again place Peterson's standing in jeopardy. According to Houston's KHOU-TV, Adrian Peterson was accused of injuring another child under the guise of punishment.

KHOU-TV reports that the mother of a 4-year-old boy — who is another son of Peterson's — raised these claims on Monday, just hours after Peterson issued an apology for his crimes. According to the woman, who remains unidentified, Peterson hit their son in the head while administering punishment. The strike allegedly left a scar over the boy's right eye.

The Houston station cites text message exchanges between Peterson and the boy's mother, as well as a photograph of the 4-year-old with a head wound. According to the text messages obtained, Peterson admitted to hitting the boy in the car. "I felt so bad. But he did it his self," Peterson said via text.

The mother asked what Peterson used to hit the child, but he didn't say. When she expressed she was "sensitive" about her son being hit, Peterson reportedly responded: "You tripping if you want him, come get him. I'm not about to be getting questioned down like you CPS."

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The abuse reportedly took place in June 2013, when the boy was visiting Peterson at his Texas home. The woman filed a claim with Child Protective Services at that time, but no charges were brought against Peterson.

Peterson's attorney, Rusty Hardin, released this statement Monday night through ESPN's Adam Schefter:

The Vikings also released a statement on Monday night, and said they'll defer all media questions to Hardin:

The Vikings deactivated Peterson from their roster after the popular running back was indicted by a Texas grand jury on Friday on charges of reckless or negligent injury to a child. He was booked and release early Saturday morning, and sat out Sunday's football game. After being reinstated by the Vikings on Monday, Peterson issued an apology for harming his son:

Responses to Peterson's indictment have been varied, with former NBA player Charles Barkley defending the practice of hitting children as punishment. Meanwhile, ESPN's Cris Carter, a former Vikings player, decried Peterson's actions on Sunday, saying the Vikings did the right thing by taking him off the field.

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