Affidavit: Lufkin man pushed child in pond to make room in home for another child

Bobby Woods (Source: Angelina County Sheriff's Office)
Bobby Woods (Source: Angelina County Sheriff's Office)

ANGELINA COUNTY, TX (KTRE) - The Angelina County Sheriff's Office has arrested a 17-year-old man charged in the drowning death of a 3-year-old boy last week.

Bobby Woods Jr., 17, is charged with capital murder.

According to the sheriff's office, Woods confessed to killing Mason Cuttler.

Mason went missing on Aug. 17 around 1 p.m. He was found early the next morning in a pond owned by his family.

According to an arrest affidavit, Lieutenant Brett Maisel and Texas Ranger Steven Rayburn interviewed Woods, who said he took Mason to the pond and pushed him into the water and watched him as he began to drown and turned his back to him, making no attempt to rescue him, despite Mason's cries for help.

The affidavit states Woods said he wanted Mason to die because his girlfriend was pregnant and he wanted to make room in the home for his unborn child.

Mason's parents released a statement Friday afternoon:

"Thank you to the departments, law enforcement agencies and volunteers for your help in our time of loss. We especially thank the Angelina County Sheriff's Office for their pursuit of justice for mason. At this time, we ask for your prayers for our family. We need time to grieve and try to heal. We are remembering our kind-hearted angel and those memories with support from our loved ones will get us through this."

Sheriff Greg Sanches said Woods was a member of three families who lived in the house with Mason.

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