Crazy Texas Father Allegedly Carved Pentagram Into Son in Honor of 12-12-12

Brent Troy Bartel with his wife and child. It is uncertain whether this is the child in question. According to authorities, the victim was six years old.
Photo via Facebook

It’s the most wonderful time of the year. That is, unless you’re the child of Brent Troy Bartel.

Bartel, a resident of Richland Hills, Texas, felt the need to offer some sheer dumbassery to the day that was really only made for tired Facebook statuses and tweets that could have gone without being tweeted. And he did this all in the name of… neopaganism?

You look at the dude in the picture and you probably think, “Hey, he looks like a pretty decent guy.” A white-washed tomb with a decrepit center would be more accurate. In order to honor what he referred to as a “holy day,” Bartel allegedly carved a pentagram into the back of his six-year-old son with a box cutter.

After performing the alleged act of aggravated assault — and general WTFness — Bartel reportedly wiped some of his son’s blood on the door frame of his house. Talk about a sick twist of irony. He then calmly called 911. According to the 911 transcript, he stated:

“I shed some innocent blood. … I inscribed a pentagram on my son.”

You’re probably calling B.S. right now. I was, too. It sounds like I stole and modified a scene from Inglorious Basterds. Nope, it really happened, according to police. Yesterday. 12-12-12. I’d say this guy has jumped into the lead for 2012’s Douche of the Year Award.

Bartel is presently being held on $500,000 bond. It will be interesting to see whether any of his cellmates decide to try to carve any symbols into his back.

The little guy victimized in the domestic attack was taken to nearby Cook Children’s Hospital, where doctors treated him and kept him overnight. He was released on Thursday. Doctors suggest he’ll make a full recovery. Really? Full recovery, including getting over any mental trauma he almost certainly suffered? Probably not.

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