Cops: Teen Pushed Tot Into Pond So He'd Drown

Bobby Woods reportedly confessed
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Aug 31, 2015 3:00 PM CDT
Cops: Teen Pushed Tot Into Pond So He'd Drown
Bobby Woods is shown in a photo from the Angelina County Sheriff's Department.   (Angelina County Sheriff's Department)

An East Texas teenager is accused of pushing his pregnant girlfriend's 3-year-old nephew into a pond so the boy would drown to make room for the unborn child to live at their home. Bobby Woods, 17, faces a charge of capital murder of a person under age 6. He was booked as an adult after his arrest Friday and remained in the Angelina County jail without bond Saturday. A criminal complaint says Woods told authorities that he wanted Mason Cuttler to die because his girlfriend was pregnant and he wanted to make room in the home for his unborn child. Mason's body was found Aug. 18 in a pond near Lufkin, a day after he was reported missing while playing outside as his parents cleaned their home, investigators say.

Sheriff Greg Sanches says Woods was a member of one of three families living at the house. Woods told sheriff's deputies he was aware of Mason's age and that the boy could not swim, according to the complaint. He said he pushed the child into the pond, then turned his back and made no effort to rescue the boy as he cried for help, the complaint says. Mason's parents, Kevin Cuttler and Brandi Wonzer, say they appreciate everyone who helped search for their son. "Thank you to the departments, law enforcement agencies and volunteers for your help in our time of loss," they said in a statement Friday. "We need time to grieve and try to heal." (More drowning stories.)

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