Reports: Minnesota Vikings, children's shelter agree to cancel event

Tuesday September 16th, 2014

The Minnesota Vikings and Catholic Charities have canceled an event at St. Joseph's Home for Children, a shelter for kids affected by abuse and instability, Ben Goessling of ESPN reports.

The Vikings have visited the shelter for seven consecutive years and have participated in "Play 60" events with the children of the shelter.

On Friday, Vikings running back Adrian Peterson was indicted on a felony charge of injury to a child for hitting his four-year old son with a tree branch as a method of discipline. Early Saturday morning, Peterson turned himself in. He was released after paying a $15,000 bail.

The Vikings deactivated Peterson for Sunday's game against the New England Patriots, but the team announced Monday that the running back will practice this week and is expected to play this Sunday. 

St. Joseph's Home for Children "serves children and their families by addressing immediate needs for shelter and stability and offering long-term solutions to emotional and behavioral issues with quality mental health care."

- Sarah Barshop

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