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Texas Man Accused Of Carving Pentagram On Young Son’s Back

RICHLAND HILLS (December 12, 2012)—Brent Troy Bartel of North Richland Hills, who’s accused of carving a pentagram on his 6-year-old son's back, told a 911 dispatcher that he did it because Dec. 12, 2012 is “a holy day,” police said.

Richland Hills police said Brent Troy Bartel is charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.

He was jailed Wednesday in lieu of $500,000 bond.

Sgt. Nathan Stringer says Bartel called 911 early Wednesday morning and said he'd shed innocent blood.

Wednesday's date is 12-12-12, a once-in-a-century event.

Officers in the Fort Worth suburb say they arrived and found that most of the child's back was covered with a large pentagram.

Richland Hills police also recovered a box cutter they believe was the weapon used to cut the boy.

The child was taken to a hospital.

His condition was not immediately released.


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