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Police: Man Carved Pentagram in Boy’s Back

Brent Troy Bartel, 39. Police photo.

Authorities in Richland Hills, Tex., say they received a disturbing 911 call just after midnight this morning.  ”I shed some innocent blood,” said the male caller, explaining, ”I inscribed a pentagram on my son,” when asked what he meant. Before hanging up, the man said “Because it’s a holy day.” At the same time, police say, the boy’s mother ran to a neighbor’s house and asked the neighbor to call 911. In the background of that  call, dispatchers could hear the distraught mother crying, “he’s trying to hurt my six-year-old.”

Police rushed to the home and arrested Brent Troy Bartel, 39. He is charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. Police believe Bartel use a box cutter to carve a pentagram on the boy. Police found the child wearing pajama pants and no shirt, with a large pentagram on his back. He was hospitalized in stable condition.

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