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 the dispatcher asked the man what he had done, the man said he had cut a pentagram in the boy’s back because 12/12/12 was a holy day.
Brent Troy Bartel, 39, of the Fort Worth suburb of Richland Hills, was in jail Wednesday on a $500,000 bond, charged with aggravated assault of a family member with a deadly weapon.
The boy was taken to a Fort Worth hospital for treatment. His injuries were “not life threatening,” Parsons said. Police and Child Protective Services were investigating the attack.
Wednesday was 12/12/12 – a date some considered significant because such a match of day, month and year will not occur again in this century.
We could wonder what drives a person to such insane acts of violence against a young person (or any other. But all too often, people commit horrific acts in the name of religion.