NFL Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson indicted in Texas for felony child abuse
According to published reports, Adrian Peterson, the 29-year-old NFL football
player, did “recklessly or by criminal negligence cause bodily injury”
to his son.
This disturbing incident follows the elevator video disclosure in the NFL’s Ray Rice domestic abuse case from earlier in the week.
Through his attorney, Peterson admits to using “a switch to spank
his son” and was doling out discipline much like “he experienced
as a child growing up in East Texas.”
The prosecuting District Attorney said prosecutors “will take this charge extremely seriously and we look forward to presenting this case to a jury.”
Our research indicates that Texas law provides for people convicted of injury to a child (causing bodily or mental injury intentionally, knowingly, recklessly or with criminal negligence) can be punished by up to two years in a state jail and a $1,000 fine. Texas law also provides that a person, like Peterson, who is charged with this type of crime can defend himself by proving the injury happened while he was administering “reasonable discipline.”
Victims of domestic abuse have rights. This is a very real and serious issue. According to ChildHelp.org, five children die each day in the United States from abuse and neglect.
In California, a good resource for victims of domestic abuse is provided by the California State Bar and can read here.