NFL star Peterson charged with injuring child, dropped from Sunday's game

Sat Sep 13, 2014 6:36am EDT
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By Jon Herskovitz and Eric M. Johnson

(Reuters) - Minnesota Vikings' star running back Adrian Peterson was briefly detained in a Texas jail early on Saturday charged with injuring a child, according to the website of the Montgomery County Sheriff's Office.

Peterson was held on a $15,000 bond early on Saturday morning and was released within about 30 minutes, jail records showed. He was indicted by a grand jury in the county north of Houston, and police issued a warrant for his arrest on Friday.

Peterson's attorney, Rusty Hardin, said in a statement that the charge resulted from the footballer "using a switch to spank his son."

The charges come on the heels of the NFL indefinitely suspending Baltimore Ravens three-time Pro Bowl running back Ray Rice for domestic violence.

Hardin said Peterson's actions mirrored treatment he experienced growing up, adding that the running back had testified before a grand jury for "several hours" and was fully cooperating with authorities.

"Adrian is a loving father who used his judgment as a parent to discipline his son," Hardin said. "Adrian never intended to harm his son and deeply regrets the unintentional injury."

The National Football League's Vikings said in a statement they would drop Peterson from the team's roster for Sunday's game against the New England Patriots as the team looks into the matter.

A local CBS broadcaster in Houston cited law enforcement sources in reporting that Peterson told police he used a tree branch in a "whooping" on his 4-year-old son in Spring, Texas, in May as punishment for pushing another one of the athlete's children.   Continued...

Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson (28) talks on the sidelines during the first quarter against the Philadelphia Eagles at Mall of America Field at H.H.H. Metrodome. Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports