Boy with Pentagram on back discharged

RICHLAND HILLS, Texas (AP) -- Police say a 6-year-old Texas boy whose father allegedly carved a pentagram on the child's back is out of the hospital and doing well given the circumstances.

Richland Hills police detective Tye Bell says the boy seems to be doing OK. Police say his wounds didn't require stitches.

Some medical experts say the boy may need counseling to overcome the traumatic incident.

Brent Troy Bartel is jailed on a charge of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. Police say they plan to seek a mental evaluation.

Bartel called 911 early Wednesday and said he inscribed a pentagram on his son because it was "a holy day."

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


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