Hennepin County Attorney files protection petition for Adrian Peterson’s son

Friday, September 19, 2014

The Hennepin County Attorney’s Office filed a petition Friday to protect the four-year-old son of Adrian Peterson.

Known as a Child in Need of Protection or Services (CHIPS) petition, it outlines some of the injuries the boy sustained from a whipping by a switch and a belt while he visited his father in Texas during the days of about May 6 through May 22. It also outlines a safety plan for Peterson and the boy’s mother to follow.

“State law requires us to file an action in child protection court when charges are filed in criminal court alleging serious injuries against a child living in Hennepin County,” Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman said. “Our own internal investigation has revealed that the injuries were serious enough to meet the legal threshold and, as a result, we have filed a Child in Need of Protection and Services petition in Hennepin County District Court this afternoon. Due to state privacy laws, as well as the understandable desire of the mother to protect her child’s privacy, we will not comment further on this petition.”

For Peterson, the safety plan calls for, among other things, no physical discipline, no unsupervised or unauthorized contact with his son and completion of a parenting assessment. He would be required to follow the assessment’s recommendations.