District attorney: Adrian Peterson ‘exceeded’ standards
A Texas prosecutor said Saturday that Minnesota Vikings star Adrian Peterson exceeded Texas community standards for reasonable discipline of his child when he inflicted injuries on his son in May.
Based on the evidence, including the injuries, a grand jury in Montgomery County, Texas, indicted him this week on a charge of injury to a child. Peterson turned himself in early Saturday morning and posted a $15,000 bond.
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“Obviously, parents are entitled to discipline their children as they see fit, except for when that discipline exceeds what the community would say is reasonable,” said Phil Grant, first assistant district attorney in Montgomery County, Texas. “And so a grand jury having indicted this case, looked at the injuries that were inflicted upon this child and determined that discipline was not reasonable and did not reflect the community standards of what was reasonable discipline.”
Grant declined to provide details on the injuries because it’s a pending investigation. He said news reports that provided details of the injuries came from an unlawful leak in the case.
“It appears there’s been a significant leak of very sensitive information regarding this case,” Grant said. He said his office is working to find out the source of that leak and will prosecute it.
He said the evidence was presented to the grand jury over several weeks and was presented to only one grand jury. “It was not shopped around to multiple grand juries,” Grant said.
Peterson’s attorney, Rusty Hardin, released a statement Friday saying the charge involves the use of a “switch” to spank Peterson’s son, similar to what eterson experienced as a child growing up in east Texas.
“Adrian has never hidden from what happened,” Hardin said in the statement. “He has cooperated fully with authorities and voluntarily testified before the grand jury for several hours.
The key issue in the case likely will be whether the discipline was reasonable.
“It is important to remember that Adrian never intended to harm his son and deeply regrets the unintentional injury,” Hardin said.
Peterson, 29, lost another son in October when the 2-year-old child died of head injuries sustained in an alleged assault at the hands of the boyfriend of the boy’s mother.
He will not play in Sunday’s game against New England.
Contributing: Tom Pelissero; KHOU-TV