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Authorities arrest aunt of 3-year-old Angelina Co. drowning victim on capital murder charge

Billie Jean Cuttler (Source: Vernon Parish Jail) Billie Jean Cuttler (Source: Vernon Parish Jail)
Bobby Woods Jr. (Source: Angelina County Jail) Bobby Woods Jr. (Source: Angelina County Jail)
Mason Cuttler Mason Cuttler
Source: KTRE Staff Source: KTRE Staff
LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) -

On Friday, an Angelina County Sheriff’s Office detective, a Texas Ranger, and Vernon Parish, Louisiana Sheriff’s Office deputies arrested the aunt of 3-year-old Mason Cuttler, who drowned on a pond, on a capital murder charge.

Angelina County Sheriff Greg Sanches said that Billie Jean Cuttler, who is also Bobby Woods’ girlfriend, was arrested in Leesville, Louisiana at 2:53 p.m. Friday. An Angelina County grand jury indicted Cuttler and Woods on capital murder charges Thursday.

The text of Cuttler's indictment states that she "knowingly and intentionally" caused Mason's death by "pushing him into a body of water, causing him to drown." Cuttler's bail amount has been set at $100,000, according to the text of the indictment.

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 the arrest affidavit for Woods, 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.
Sanches said Woods was a member of three families who lived in the house with Mason.

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