Minnesota Vikings running back, Adrian Petersen, recently made headlines for child abuse allegations. Today his defense attorney said his client will “plead not guilty to child abuse charges during a Wednesday court appearance in Montgomery County, Texas.”
According to Startribune.com a spokeswoman for Petersen’s attorney Rusty Hardin told ESPN.com that “Peterson intends to plead not guilty to charges of reckless or negligent injury to a child.”
Mary Flood, a spokeswoman for Hardin, told ESPN.com in an email: “If the court asks for a plea tomorrow [and we do expect that to happen], it will very definitely be NOT guilty. We hope that a trial date is also discussed but don’t yet know how the court’s docket is looking.”
Peterson allegedly beat his 4 year old son with a switch from a tree branch. The beating reportedly caused “multiple injuries to the child, including cuts and bruises to the child’s back, buttocks, ankles, legs and scrotum.”
Peterson’s young son says that his father “hit him on the face” and “stuffed his mouth with leaves while he was beating him,” according to a copy of the police report obtained by Sports Radio 610.
Petersen’s hearing is schedule for 9 a.m. Wednesday.
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