User uShare Login | Register

Along with posting photos, videos, and stories, your uShare account lets you post Classified Ads, recipes on What's For Dinner, and Announcements.

24° View Weather Current Conditions Sioux Falls Change Location
Set Weather Options



 Winter Storm for December 1, 2015

Snow Outlook

Severe Weather

State Radar

Click here for local closings & delays

Send photos to

Storm Center Update



[0] My Saved Articles
Find local businesses
on the KELO Pages!


Patterson Faces New Charges In Boy's Death

October 21, 2013, 8:17 AM
Updated: October 21, 2013, 8:29 AM

Patterson Faces New Charges In Boy's Death
Joseph Patterson


A Lincoln County Grand Jury has indicted 27-year-old Joseph Patterson on new charges.

Lincoln County State's Attorney Tom Wollman says Patterson has been indicted on one count of Second Degree Murder, two alternate counts of First Degree Manslaughter, Aggravated Battery of an Infant and felony child abuse in the death of two-year-old Tyrese Ruffin.  

Police say Patterson was alone with the boy at a southwest Sioux Falls apartment when the assault happened.  Authorities found Ruffin was unresponsive when he was taken to the hospital.  Doctors determined his head injuries were the result of an assault, not an accident.

The Second Degree Murder charge carries a mandatory life sentence. 

Patterson will be arraigned on the new charges in the near future.

Authorities have not identified the boy's mother but Ruffin is the son of Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson.

Patterson has been in trouble with law enforcement before.  Last year, he pleaded guilty to domestic assault and violating a no-contact order.  In that protection order, his ex-girlfriend, who is not Ruffin's mother, wrote that Patterson had threatened to kill her multiple times and had spanked her three-year-old son so hard that it caused welts.


Previous Story

Next Story




View news

You may also like

Man Killed In Rollover Crash Identified

11/29/2015 1:05 PM

A Mitchell man has been identified as the victim in a rollover crash near Artesian, South Dakota on Friday.

Full Story
Tyrese Ruffin's Mother Speaks Publicly For First Time

11/25/2015 6:18 AM

In her first and only television interview, Doohen talked about her son, who she called the joy of her life.

Full Story
Ghost Town Up For Sale, At Reduced Price

11/30/2015 8:31 AM

Real estate agent Stacie Montgomery said she's put the town back on the market, at a reduced price of $250,000.

Full Story
Police: Newborn Left In Christmas Nativity Manger At Church

11/25/2015 8:48 AM

Authorities are searching for whoever left a newborn baby with the umbilical cord still attached in the Christmas nativity manger at a New York City c...

Full Story
One Killed, One Injured In Two-Vehicle Crash Near Wolsey

11/26/2015 4:29 PM

Authorities say one man was killed and another man was injured when a pickup truck collided with a semi-truck eight miles west of Wolsey.

Full Story