RICHLAND HILLS, TX – A father has been accused of using a box cutter to carve a pentagram in his 6-year-old son’s back, telling a 911 operator he did so because it was a holy day.
Police arrested 39-year-old Brent Troy Bartel yesterday after he called 911 and calmly told the dispatcher he had “shed innocent blood.” At the same time, the child’s mother had ran next door to a neighbor’s for help, saying that Bartel was hurting their son.
When police arrived, they found Bartel alone in the home with his son, who was clad in only pajama bottoms and sporting a bloody pentagram that his father had carved into his back with a box cutter. They also found the child’s blood smeared on the sides and the top of the home’s door frame.
“I would say his demeanor was very flat. There were no indications that he was under the influence of any drugs,” Richland Hills police Sgt. Nathan Stringer said about Bartel.
The boy was transported to Cook Children’s Medical Center, where he underwent treatment for the pentagram that covered the majority of his back. His dad was charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and placed in the North Richland Hills Jail in lieu of $500,000 bail.
Bartel’s mother said her son does not have a history of mental illness but has been under a tremendous amount of stress. ”Brent is not a demon,” Lori Ponce said. “He is loving. He loves that boy. Something happened. Don’t paint him as some crazy man. No, that’s not him.”
His stepfather said Bartel had been searching for his spirituality and may have distorted some of the Bible. ”He is deep into the Old Testament,” said John Ponce, his stepfather. “There’s a possibility with all of this pain and marital strife and such, he may have resorted to Old Testament references and then convoluted them.”
This really isn’t too far-fetched if you think about it. The Old Testament is chock full of blood atonement, and nothing gave God a boner quicker than the smell of innocent blood on an altar. While God normally instructed followers to sacrifice an innocent animal, I can see how someone operating with no cheese on their cracker would use what was readily available, especially if they didn’t have access to livestock.
Police have been called to the home several times in the past, usually because of arguments between Bartel and his wife, but never over anything involving their kid. Bartel did get himself in a little trouble back in 2007 when he workedas a long-haul trucker and was found guilty of a turning violation.
Bartel reportedly walked across the courtroom toward the judge and put his driver’s license on the bench while stating, “I officially resign as a truck driver.” He then added he was “about to have a little fun” before walking over to the police officer who issued the ticket and tried to punch the man in the face. A violent struggle ensued as several law enforcement officers wrestled Bartel to the floor.Tags: Assault, box cutter, Brent Troy Bartel, Child Abuse, Crime, mental illness, pentagram, religion