For Immediate Release - May 17, 2010

Ten Year-Old Haverhill Boy Arraigned On Two Counts Of Involunatry Manslauther

Allegedly Started 2008 Haverhill House Fire That Killed Woman and Child

A 10 year-old Haverhill boy who allegedly used a lighter to ignite a fire in his 22 Warren Street home on November 8, 2008, pleaded not delinquent this afternoon in Lawrence Juvenile Court to two counts of involuntary manslaughter.

The fire, which started at about 9 p.m. in an upstairs bedroom and spread rapidly through the dwelling, took the lives of Mary Pina, 50, and Daquon Davis, 6, who lived in the home with the 10 year-old boy and five other people. Their bodies were found on the top floor of the building.

Essex District Attorney Jonathan W. Blodgett said the charges were brought, not only based upon the facts of the case, but for two additional reasons: to prevent another tragedy involving this young boy from happening again, and to ensure that the boy receives the treatment that he needs.

Mary Pina was married to Joseph Pina, and helped take care of the children in the home. Daquon Davis was a first-grader at the Golden Hill School.

The case is being prosecuted by Essex Assistant District Attorney James Gubitose, while the boy is represented by Attorney Janice Bassil.

The case was investigated by the Haverhill Police and Fire Departments, and by State Police Investigators assigned to the Offices of Essex District Attorney Jonathan W. Blodgett and Massachusetts State Fire Marshall Stephen D. Coan.