Angelina County Sheriff's Office deputies on Friday morning arrested a 17-year-old man on a charge of capital murder in the death of a 3-year-old who was found in a pond after being reported missing earlier this month.
Bobby Woods Jr. on Thursday confessed to taking Mason to a small pond behind the family's home for the purpose of killing him, according to a sworn complaint filed by Harold Rapsilver of the Angelina County Sheriff's Office. Woods told deputies he was aware of the child's age and the fact he could not swim.
Woods said he pushed the child into the pond, then turned his back and made no effort to rescue him as Mason cried for help, the complaint stated.
Woods also told deputies it was premeditated because his girlfriend, the sister of Mason's father, was pregnant and he wanted to make room in the home for his unborn child, the complaint stated.
Mason's parents, Kevin Cuttler and Brandi Wonzer, issued this written statement to The Lufkin News on 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."
The sheriff's office indicated Friday that it is interviewing other people as part of the ongoing investigation. The case will be referred to the Angelina County District Attorney's Office for prosecution, according to the sheriff's office.
"I really want to thank Lt. Brett Maisel of CID and his staff, Steve Rayburn of the Texas Rangers and Lt. Jerry Smith of the Lufkin Police Department for their efforts," Sheriff Greg Sanches said. "They worked very hard on this, and I am very proud of them. They spent a lot of time and stayed on top of this, because in the end we want justice to prevail for the death of this child."
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