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Father carves pentagram on sons back


RICHLAND HILLS, Texas (AP) - A 6-year-old Texas boy whose father has been accused of carving a pentagram on the child's back has been released from a hospital.


Richland Hills police Sgt. Nathan Stringer says officers planned to speak with the boy Thursday about the attack a day earlier. Police say the child's father called 911 and said he inscribed a pentagram on his son because it was "a holy day."


It is not clear which faith he was referring to. Wednesday's date was 12-12-12, a once-in-a-century event.


Brent Troy Bartel was being held in jail on a charge of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. Police say they plan to seek a mental evaluation.


Stringer says the child was discharged Wednesday night from a Fort Worth hospital. Details on his treatment weren't immediately available.


(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)


Father carves pentagram on sons back

Friday, December 14 2012, 10:06 AM CST
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