Adrian Peterson Case: Petition Filed to Protect 4-Year-Old Son

By Brett Snider, Esq. on September 19, 2014 | Last updated on March 21, 2019

Prosecutors in Adrian Peterson's alleged child abuse case have filed a petition to protect the NFL player's 4-year-old son.

The Child in Need of Protection or Services (CHIPS) petition, filed in child protection court on Friday, summarizes the abuse allegations against the Vikings player and details a plan for keeping his son safe. According to Minneapolis-St. Paul's KMSP-TV, Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman stated that the petition is required by state law whenever serious child abuse allegations exist for a child living in the county.

What does the petition request for Adrian Peterson and his son?

Details of Safety Plan

Based on the allegations and review by both Texas and Minnesota child protection agencies, the petition calls for Peterson's 4-year-old son to have no unsupervised visitation or contact with his father and to participate in individual and/or "play therapy."

Peterson himself is requested to:

  • Stop using any form of corporal punishment or physical discipline,
  • Cooperate with Child Protection,
  • Complete a parenting assessment, and
  • Sign a release for "current psychologist."

If the petition below is granted, it may be a long time before Peterson is allowed anywhere near his son.

Adrian Peterson Child Protection Petition by FindLaw

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