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Dad who carved pentagram on son declared incompetent

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A judge found the Richland Hills man accused of carving a pentagram into his son's back incompetent to stand trial.

Doctors said Brent Bartel is a paranoid schizophrenic. He's been ordered to undergo treatment at a state mental hospital for at least a year.

In December 2012, police said Bartel called 911 and made religious comments, telling operators he carved the pentagram on his son because it was a holy day.

The cuts were not life threatening, but covered the majority of the boy's back.

Dr. Timothy Nyberg, in an evaluation in January, indicated Bartel had a pattern of making bizarre religious assertions.

The Associated Press contributed to this to this report.

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