Texas man accused of carving pentagram in son's back

Texas man accused of carving pentagram in son's back

Brent Troy Bartel, 39, called police to say he inscribed a pentagram on his six-year-old boy's back. (Credit: Richland Hills Police)

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by Matt Goodman / WFAA.com

WFAA

Posted on December 12, 2012 at 2:38 PM

Updated Thursday, Dec 13 at 8:30 AM

Richland Hills police say a man is in custody for carving a pentagram into the back of his 6-year-old boy. 

Department spokesman Sgt. Nathan Stringer said officers were dispatched to a home in the 3700 block of Ruth Road after a man called 911 just after midnight Tuesday and said "I shed some innocent blood." The dispatcher asked what he meant and the man responded, "I inscribed a pentagram on my son." 

When asked why, the caller said, "Because it's a holy day" and hung up the phone. 

Brent Troy Bartel, 39, was arrested and charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon –– family member. He's in custody in the Quad-Cities Jail in North Richland HIlls on $500,00 bond. 

During Bartel's 911 call, Stringer said the boy's mother ran to a neighbor's house and had her call police to report that her husband was hurting her child. The mother is heard in the background of the call saying, "He's trying to hurt my 6-year-old" and told the neighbor her husband has a knife. 

When officers arrived, they found the boy standing in the home, shivering in pajama pants without a shirt. The pentagram covered much of the boy's back, Stringer said. Investigators found a box cutter nearby and believe it was what Bartel used, Stringer said. 

"This is something you normally hear about in the movies, not something you expect to see," Stringer said. 

The child is stable at Cooks Children's Hospital. Child Protective Services and the Crime Victim Liaison are both investigating. 

Stringer said Bartel, a Richland Hills resident, does not have a history of assaulting family members. 

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