Authorities are reportedly seeking a protective order against Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson to protect his 4-year-old son, according to Brandon Stahl of the Star-Tribune. Per a statement from the Hennepin County prosecutor:
"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," 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 (CHIPS) 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."
County attorney Mike Freeman filed for the order in juvenile court on Friday, and the petition asked the judge to develop a "safety plan" for the child, and that Peterson might not have any unsupervised or unauthorized contact with his son. The child's mother was reportedly "fully cooperative" with child protective services and has not allowed Peterson any contact with his son since Peterson was indicted for reckless or negligent injury to a child.
Peterson whipped his son with a switch on May 18, according to a police report, resulting in lacerations and bruises. The injuries were discovered during a doctor's visit after he returned home to his mother's house. Initially a grand jury decided not to indict Peterson on Sept. 4, but Peterson was later indicted for the aforementioned charges on Sept. 12 in Montgomery County.
Peterson has been barred from all team activities and was placed on the team's exempt list on Sept. 17.