A demented Texas dad “celebrated” 12/12 on Wednesday by carving a pentagram into his 6-year-old son and then splashing the boy’s blood on the front door of their home, cops said.
“I shed some innocent blood,” Brent Troy Bartel, 39, told a police dispatcher, local TV station WFAA.com reported.
“I inscribed a pentagram on my son,” he said.
When the dispatcher asked why, Bartel said, “Because it’s a holy day.”
At the same time, Bartel’s wife was at a neighbor’s home, telling police that he was attacking their son.
When cops arrived at the suburban Fort Worth home, they found the boy shirtless and shivering in a pair of pajama pants.
A large pentagram — the five-pointed star often associated with satanism or the occult — was carved into his back, and his blood was smeared on the front door.
The boy was taken to Cooks Children’s Hospital, while Bartel was arrested and charged with aggravated assault on a family member. He was being held on $50,000 bond.
Police believed he carved up the boy with a box cutter found at the scene.
They aren’t sure why he did it.
“This is something you normally hear about in the movies, not something you expect to see,” Richland Hills police Sgt. Nathan Stringer told the station.
The boy’s wounds weren’t very deep, and he was released to his mother later Wednesday. Child protective services was investigating the case.
Police said Bartel and his wife have fought before, but they had never received any reports of child abuse.
“It breaks your heart, because I didn’t know he was capable of doing that,” neighbor Joyce Pierce told WFAA-TV.