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Adrian Peterson, the Minnesota Vikings' star running back, turned himself in to authorities in Montgomery County, Texas, early this morning, ESPN reports. He was booked into the Montgomery County jail and released less than an hour later after posting a $15,000 bond.
Child Protective Services confirmed to TMZ on Friday that they are working on a case involving Peterson and a four-year-old boy. Peterson's attorney, Rusty Hardin, released a statement later that afternoon detailing a May incident he says prompted the indictment. At that time, Hardin says Peterson used a switch to discipline his four-year-old son for pushing a brother. The boy's back, ankles, buttocks and legs were reportedly cut and bruised as a result.
"Adrian is a loving father who used his judgment as a parent to discipline his son," Hardin said in the statement. "He used the same kind of discipline with his child that he experienced as a child growing up in east Texas….Adrian will address the charges with the same respect and responsiveness he has brought to this inquiry from the beginning."
The Minnesota Vikings released a decidedly succinct statement on the matter, noting that Peterson has been deactivated for Sunday's NFL game against the New England Patriots.