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Grand jury likely in death of NFL star's son

Published on NewsOK Modified: October 15, 2013 at 3:16 pm •  Published: October 15, 2013
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SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — Prosecutors expect to ask a grand jury to consider more serious charges in the death of the 2-year-old son of Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson.

Tom Wollman, Lincoln County state's attorney, said Tuesday he'll review the recently completed autopsy findings and other reports before looking at any new charges against Joseph Robert Patterson, 27.

"We'll seek a grand jury review in the near future," Wollman said.

Sioux Falls police identified the boy Tuesday as Tyrese Robert Ruffin, who died Friday after being hospitalized with severe head injuries. Earlier Tuesday, they'd given an incorrect surname.

Patterson, the boyfriend of Tyrese's mother, was charged last week with aggravated assault and aggravated battery and is being held on $750,000 cash bond. A message left for Patterson's attorney Tuesday was not returned, and Patterson's mother said she didn't want to comment.

The criminal complaint accuses Patterson of intentionally of recklessly injuring Tyrese by causing bleeding of the skull or brain damage by blows, shaking or making the boy's head impact an object or surface.

Prosecutors are also asking that a suspended sentence be imposed for a 2012 domestic assault conviction, saying the deal required Patterson to show no violent, threatening or assaultive behavior for three years. A hearing on the motion is scheduled for Oct. 30.

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