LUFKIN, Texas -- Officials say an East Texas teen has been accused of pushing a 3-year-old boy into a pond in a drowning allegedly to make room for his pregnant girlfriend's child to live at a residence.
An affidavit says Bobby Woods Jr. , 17, who lived at the home, says he pushed Mason Cuttler, 3, into the water and left. The suspect's girlfriend is related to Mason's father.
According to CBS affiliate KYTX, deputies arrested Woods Friday morning for capital murder in the drowning death of the boy. His body was pulled from a pond behind his home just outside Lufkin August 18. Woods has admitted to committing the murder, deputies said.
The Angelina County Sheriff's office continues their investigation, which includes interviewing other family members. The case will be referred to the Angelina County District Attorney's Office for prosecution, the sheriff's office said.
"The Angelina County Sheriff's Department has been in daily contact with the Cuttler family and would like to thank them for their continued cooperation," the department said in an email Friday, according to the station. "The Sheriff's Department extends their condolences to the family."