Brent Troy Bartel of Fort Worth suburb Richland Hlls, was jailed on a $500,000 bond, charged with aggravated assault 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 neighbor’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.