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Vikings Star Running Back Adrian Peterson Charged With Child Abuse

September 12, 2014 HOUSTON (AP) - The attorney for Adrian Peterson says the Minnesota Vikings star running back has been indicted by a Texas grand jury on a charge of child abuse. Attorney Rusty Hardin says the charge in Montgomery County accused Peterson of using a branch, or switch, to spank his son. He says Peterson has cooperated with authorities and "used his judgment as a parent to discipline his son." He says Peterson regrets the incident and never intended to harm the boy. The Vikings have deactivated Peterson for Sunday's game against Patriots . The allegations come during a week in which the NFL has been under heavy scrutiny for the way it handled a domestic abuse case involving former Ravens running back Ray Rice and his then-fiancee. Peterson has rushed for 10,190 yards and 86 touchdowns in eight seasons.

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