Adrian Peterson Is Named in Second Child Abuse Complaint

Adrian Peterson Is Named in Second Child Abuse Complaint
Adrian Peterson
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09/16/2014 AT 12:15 PM EDT

Adrian Peterson, the Minnesota Vikings player who was charged last week with felony injury to his 4-year-old son following a discipline punishment, is accused of injuring another of his children earlier by a form of discipline.

The NFL star's attorney, however, swiftly knocked down the second complaint.

"The allegation of another investigation into Adrian Peterson is simply not true," Rusty Hardin said in a statement to PEOPLE. "This is not a new allegation, it's one that is unsubstantiated and was shopped around to authorities in two states over a year ago and nothing came of it. An adult witness adamantly insists Adrian did nothing inappropriate with his son. There is no ongoing or new investigation."

Citing a series of text messages between Peterson and the unnamed mother of the second child, Houston TV station KHOU reports that the alleged injury to the 4-year-old boy occurred in June 2013 while that child was visiting Peterson at his Texas home.

The TV station reviewed photos of a head wound that left a scar above the boy's right eye, and a source provided this text exchange.

Mother: "What happened to his head?"
Peterson: "Hit his head on the carseat."
Mother: "How does this happen, he got a whooping in the car"
Peterson: "Yep"
Mother: "Why?"
Peterson: "I felt so bad. But he did it his self."


According to the station, Peterson explained that he was disciplining his son for cursing to a sibling.

Peterson faces up to two years in jail and a $10,000 fine after he was charged with the May injury to the other child, a 4-year-old boy who Peterson said in a statement was being disciplined "the way I was disciplined as a child." He expressed regret for his actions in that incident.

"I am someone that disciplined his child and did not intend to cause him any injury," he said. "No one can understand the hurt that I feel for my son and for the harm I caused him. My goal is always to teach my son right from wrong and that's what I tried to do that day."

With reporting by ELAINE ARADILLAS

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