A Texas father is in police custody after he told 911 operators he carved a large pentagram in his six-year old son’s back because today, December 12, 2012 is a “holy day,” marked by the numbers 12-12-12.
“What do you mean, sir?” the 911 operator asks, as David Edwards at the Raw Story reports:
“I inscribed a pentagram on my son,” the man explains.
“Why did you do that?” the operator presses.
“Because it’s a holy day,” the caller replies before hanging up.
Officers dispatched to Bartel’s home discovered the 6-year-old boy shivering without a shirt.
“There was a large pentagram carved into his back which covered the majority of his back,” a news release from Richland Hills police Sgt. Nathan Stringer said. “The child was found cold and shivering in the cold so officers wrapped him in a jacket.”
Investigators later confiscated a box cutter, which they suspected was used to carve the religious symbol.
“The father’s call to 911 was placed at 12:10 a.m., just minutes after the day 12-12-12 began,” writes NBC News. “[However] the date is not known to have any holy or religious significance.”
Nonetheless, the news agency notes that the date, along with 12-12-12, has “drawn attention from numerologists and those concerned with doomsday prophecy.”