Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson, of The Woodlands, has been indicted on injury to a child charges in Montgomery County, according to the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office.
Peterson allegedly used a “switch” on his 4-year-old son back in May. The lashings broke child’s skin.
The case was initially taken to a grand jury which returned a no bill on the charges.
However, a prosecutor took the case to a second grand jury which handed down an indictment.
Peterson’s attorney Rusty Hardin released the following statement:
“Adrian Peterson has been informed that he was indicted by a grand jury in Montgomery County, Texas for Injury to a Child. The charged conduct involves using a switch to spank his son. This indictment follows Adrian’s full cooperation with authorities who have been looking into this matter. 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. Adrian has never hidden from what happened. He has cooperated fully with authorities and voluntarily testified before the grand jury for several hours. Adrian will address the charges with the same respect and responsiveness he has brought to this inquiry from its beginning. It is important to remember that Adrian never intended to harm his son and deeply regrets the unintentional injury.”
Peterson will not play in the Viking’s Sunday game against New England, according to the team.