Prosecutor: Grand jury decided son’s injuries warranted charges against Vikings star Adrian Peterson

Adrian Peterson
Adrian Peterson

Montgomery County, TX (KPRC/CNN/AP) — NFL running back Adrian Peterson is out on bail after turning himself in on child abuse charges Saturday morning.

A grand jury in Texas indicted the Minnesota Vikings player on a felony charge of injury to a child.

Authorities didn’t divulge details about what led to the charge, but Peterson’s lawyer said it involves using a switch to spank his son.

Prosecutors told reporters Saturday the grand jury reviewed evidence over a period of weeks.

“A grand jury having indicted this case looked at the injuries that were inflicted on this child and determined that discipline was not reasonable and did not reflect the community standard of what was reasonable,” said Phil Grant, Asst. Montgomery County DA.

Peterson was freed on $15,000 bail.

The Vikings released a statement saying they have deactivated him for Sunday’s game.

The Associated Press reported that Peterson’s attorney, Rusty Hardin, said Friday that his client “has never hidden from what happened” in the case.

“Adrian is a loving father who used his judgment 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,” Hardin said.

Hardin said Peterson cooperated fully with the investigation, voluntarily testifying before a grand jury for several hours.

“It is important to remember that Adrian never intended to harm his son and deeply regrets the unintentional injury,” Hardin said.

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