A Texas man told authorities he carved a pentagram into the
back of his 6-year-old son "because it is a holy day" in
reference to the numerical date of 12-12-12, police said.
Brent Troy Bartel, 39, of the Fort Worth suburb of Richland
Hills, was in jail on Wednesday (local time) on a $US500,000
bond, charged with aggravated assault of a family member with
a deadly weapon.
Police officers responded to an emergency dispatch call
shortly after midnight from a man who said, "I shed some
innocent blood," according to an audio recording of the
emergency 911 call, released by police.
When questioned by the dispatcher, the man said, "I inscribed
a pentagram on my son."
When the dispatcher asked why, the man responded, "because it
is a holy day," according to the recording. He then hung up.
Moments later, police received a call from the boy's mother
at a neighbour's house, said Officer Sheena Parsons, Richland
Hills police spokeswoman. The mother could be heard on that
recording crying and asking for help.
Police arrived at the Bartel home and found the boy shirtless
and shivering, with a large pentagram carved on his back.
Officers also found a box cutter at the house, which is
believed to have been used in the attack, police said.
The boy was taken to a Fort Worth hospital for treatment. His
injuries were "not life threatening," Parsons said. Police
and Child Protective Services were investigating the attack.
Wednesday was 12-12-12 - a date some considered significant
because such a match of day, month and year will not occur
again in this century.
The pentagram is a five-pointed star sometimes associated