Nearly two years after the death of his two-year-old son, Adrian Peterson and the boy’s mother have gotten much needed justice, as Joseph Patterson was found guilty of second-degree murder.
Patterson is facing a sentence of mandatory life in prison for the death of Tyrese Ruffin. He was also found guilty of first-degree manslaughter and aggravated battery of an infant.
Ruffin died due to brain hemorrhaging, as a result of multiple blows to the head. In court proceedings, Patterson’s defense attorneys claimed that the infant died from choking on snacks.
The jury took only six hours to hand down a guilty verdict after reviewing the findings of doctors who treated Ruffin’s injuries.
The incident occurred in October 2013, with Patterson calling Sioux Falls police, claiming he found Tyrese Ruffin slumped over, not breathing. The boy died two days later from what doctors attributed to child abuse injuries.
Adrian Peterson met his son for the first time in the hospital, just before the boy died. Peterson had only learned about the existence of his son, two months prior to the incident. He had been working on providing both the boy and his mother financial assistance.
Sad story of events of Peterson, but at least the boy’s abuser was found guilty of all charges!
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