A 2-year-old son of Minnesota Vikings star running back Adrian Peterson is in critical condition in a Sioux Falls S.D. hospital the victim of alleged abuse.

Peterson's father Nelson confirmed Friday afternoon that the child is Adrian Peterson's. Peterson met with the media Friday and said he still planned to play in Sunday's game against Carolina but declined to get into details about the case.

"I really appreciate all the support that I've been receiving from fans the Vikings organization" said Peterson who was excused to miss Thursday's Vikings practice before returning Friday. "This is a private matter and I would ask you all to please just respect my privacy and not ask at all about the situation at hand."

Sioux Falls police spokesman Sam Clemens told USA TODAY Sports on Friday that the child remains hospitalized in critical condition. Tom Wollman the prosecutor in Lincoln County S.D. said the child remains "unresponsive."

The suspect of the alleged abuse is Joseph Robert Patterson 27 who has been charged with aggravated assault and aggravated assault on an infant. He has a prior domestic abuse record with a different woman and child having pleaded guilty to simple assault in an incident last year involving an adult female and juvenile male. Sioux Falls police said he recently started a relationship with the mother of the 2-year-old victim. His bond has been set at $750000 in cash.

The child was in Patterson's apartment where the boy had recently moved with his mother. The child's mother had recently began a relationship with Patterson police said. Patterson called 911 to report a choking on Wednesday evening but Lt. Blaine Larsen of the Sioux Falls Police Department said it became clear at the hospital that the boy's injuries were not accidental.