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Posted by: Maricopa Lawyers on Dec 9, 2014

It’s a high-profile case that’s caught national attention and turned the spotlight on child injuries – Vikings star Adrian Peterson has been accused of child abuse. A spokeswoman for Peterson has since reported that the face of Minnesota’s franchise will apparently plead not guilty.

No official plea has been entered yet but those close to Peterson report that the court proceedings would not go forward without an official not guilty plea. Peterson originally planned to enter a not guilty plea earlier in October but was not asked to enter one by the judge.

Peterson had been charged with negligent injury to a child following an incident which occurred earlier in May. The controversy surrounds Peterson’s usage of a ‘switch’, or thin tree branch, in order to discipline his 4-year-old son. The action occurred at his home in The Woodlands.

A written statement revealed that Peterson had no intention of causing injury to his son, only intending to discipline the boy in a similar fashion as he had experienced growing up. Peterson’s usage of a ‘switch’ is not uncommon among American homes – his actions have however stirred debate over what forms of punishment constitute abuse should it cause injury to a child.

Peterson will face serious penalties if convicted, facing up to two years in jail and a $10,000 fine. It’s a heavy blow to a star athlete voted the NFL’s 2012 most valuable player after returning from a season ending injury the previous year.

Causing injury to a child is a serious crime in any area of the country. Abusers will ultimately face stiff penalties in connection with the crime upon any conviction. If you believe that your child has suffered abuse or neglect that’s resulted in injury, don’t hesitate to seek professional legal counsel through the Maricopa Lawyer Referral Service.