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Father Carves Pentagram Into 6-Year-Old Son's Back Because 'It's a Holy Day' (VIDEO)

by Jacqueline Burt on December 12, 2012 at 10:03 PM

pentagram dadApparently 12-12-12 has different meanings for different people. Some associate today's date with "intuition and peace." Others associate it with the Mayan calendar and the end of the world. Still others, like Brent Troy Bartel of North Texas, associate 12-12-12 with carving a pentagram into their 6-year-old son's back. Because, as he told police, 12-12-12 "is a holy day."

It's a sick, twisted, stomach-turning story that makes me want to tie this horrible man down and carve a pentagram into his cowardly face, that's what it is. And it only gets worse.

Apparently Bartel called 911 himself, telling the dispatcher “I shed some innocent blood," adding, "I inscribed a pentagram on my son." Meanwhile, the boy's mother was also calling 911 from her next door neighbor's house, screaming that her husband hurt her son. So when police showed up, the poor kid was all by himself in the house with his insane dad, wearing nothing but a pair of pajama bottoms, shivering with cold and fear. The pentagram covered most of his back, so even though the cuts -- thought to be made by a box cutter -- were shallow, there was "quite a lot of blood." Some of which Bartel had taken and smeared on the door frame of his front door.

Sigh. Thank god the boy is now in stable condition and his monster of a father is in police custody, but WHY WHY WHY does this kind of thing happen at all?! On any day of any month in any year?!

How do you think this horrible dad should be punished?

Image via CBS

Filed Under: child abuse, crime, in the news


  • sofia...


    December 12, 2012 at 10:06 PM
    What a freak! Someone should carve into his balls!
  • kleab79


    December 12, 2012 at 10:11 PM
    Agreed with Sophia, I was going to say the exact same thing.
  • PRIMA487


    December 12, 2012 at 10:26 PM
    What holy day is he speaking of?Pentagrams and holy don't go together do they? I don't even know what to make of this. Its useless for me to even try to think of some kind punishment for this pos because it would never be meted out. He'll get 3 meals a day, medical and have his clothes washed. Someone will probably shank him but death is too damn easy I want him to suffer,then it will be a holy day.
  • Carme...


    December 12, 2012 at 10:27 PM

    Forced sterilization and hefty prison time.

  • sweet...


    December 12, 2012 at 10:35 PM

    What kind of loser mother runs next door and leaves her son there to be cut the eff up by this phyco? I would not have left without my child.

  • craft...


    December 12, 2012 at 10:40 PM
    The aforementioned box cutter should be used to neuter him.
  • cmjaz


    December 12, 2012 at 11:14 PM
    I agree sweet. All I could think is that I mightve ran to the niehbors , asked them to call 911 and give me the biggest knife they had and run right back in there and killed that sob.
  • cmjaz


    December 12, 2012 at 11:17 PM
    But most likely, I would've dropped on my son and covered his body with my own while trying to scratch his 'fathers' eyes out
  • 4flow...


    December 12, 2012 at 11:22 PM
    He should be neutered with a box cutter. My heart breaks for the little boy.
  • Nelli...
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    Nellie Athome

    December 13, 2012 at 12:02 AM

    PRIMA487 - A pentagram is a holy symbol to neo-pagans (NOT satanists)

    SweetCherry_59 - the kind of mother who wants to get someone there to rescue her son. Until you are involved in a similar situation how dare you judge her. She could have stayed with her child and seen him get hurt worse and possibly be hurt herself as well or she could get help from someone who could stop her bigger stronger husband from continuing his abuse.

    cmjaz - when you are either the child or the parent in a physical abuse situation then you can judge what you would do and, more importantly, what the best course to stop the abuse is


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