UPDATE 3:22 p.m.: HOUSTON (TheBlaze/AP) — A grand jury backed a child abuse charge against Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson after it spent several weeks reviewing "lots of evidence," a Texas prosecutor said.
Montgomery County prosecutor Phil Grant said Saturday that parents are entitled to discipline their children but grand jury members felt Peterson went too far after they looked at the child's injuries.
Peterson is charged with causing injury to a child for allegedly spanking one of his sons with a wooden switch on or around May 18. If convicted, he could be sentenced to up to two years in prison and fined up to $10,000.
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He was reportedly booked into the Montgomery County jail at 1:06 a.m. CDT, posted $15,000 bail and was released half an hour later, at 1:35 a.m. CDT.
The case against Peterson revolves around his alleged “reckless or negligent injury to a child,” which, as TheBlaze previously reported, Peterson's attorney said stemmed from an incident in which the NFL star "us[ed] a switch to spank his [4-year-old] son."
According to the police report, Peterson's "whooping" of his son went far beyond normal parental discipline.
"Essentially he took a branch from a tree and beat the boy," reported ESPN's Adam Schefter, calling the details of the report "chilling."
As the case winds its way through the legal system, Peterson's future in the NFL remains unclear.
FILE - In this Sept. 7, 2014, file photo, Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson warms up for an NFL football game against the St. Louis Rams in St. Louis. The Vikings benched Peterson for Sunday's game after his attorney said he had been indicted by a Texas grand jury on a charge of child abuse. Attorney Rusty Hardin says the charge accuses 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." Hardin says Peterson regrets the incident but never intended to harm the boy. (AP Photo/Tom Gannam, File)
Some are calling for him to be thrown out of the NFL, and the Minneapolis Star Tribune reported early Saturday that the 2012 NFL MVP, who has rushed for over 10,000 yards in eight seasons with the Vikings, had been deactivated and would not play in Sunday's game against the New England Patriots.
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