Petition filed on behalf of second Adrian Peterson child

Friday, November 07, 2014

The Hennepin County Attorney’s Office filed a second Child in Need of Protection or Services petition where Adrian Peterson is the father, but the filing is only a legal technicality, Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman announced Friday.

The most recent filing is on behalf of another four-year-old child who also lives in Hennepin County and whose half-brother is the boy Peterson beat with a switch back in May. The two children have different mothers and do not live together. There have been no allegations that Peterson mistreated this child, referred to only as Child #2 in the petition.

However, once Peterson was indicted on the felony child abuse charge in Texas, Minnesota law required opening up an investigation on Peterson and any other children he might have in Hennepin County. The result of that investigation was to file the Child in Need of Protection or Services (CHIPS) petition. The reason for believing the child is in need of protection or services is because of the abuse Child #2’s half-brother suffered.

The petition states that Peterson cannot have unsupervised contact with Child #2. The petition notes that the mother has been cooperative with county authorities and protective of the child.

 At the same time the petition was filed, the county attorney’s office also filed a motion to suspend proceedings in Juvenile Court because there is no reason to have a hearing at this point.

CHIPS petition (PDF)