In this Oct. 11, 2013 file photo, Joseph Patterson leaves the Lincoln County Courthouse after a hearing in Canton, S.D. Patterson, who is charged with killing the 2-year-old son of Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson, says the child choked on strawberry fruit snacks while he was in the bathroom. Patterson, 28, faces second-degree murder, manslaughter and aggravated assault charges in the death of two-year-old Tyrese Ruffin. Patterson gave his version of events through his lawyer as he appeared in court Thursday, July 10, 2014, for a motion hearing. (AP Photo/Argus Leader, Joe Ahlquist, File)  NO SALES

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — A man charged with killing the 2-year-old son of Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson in South Dakota last fall says the child choked on strawberry fruit snacks while he was in the bathroom.

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