Worcester DA: No charges in daycare fire

OXFORD, Mass. — The probe into the fire that injured a toddler at an Oxford, MA home daycare is complete according to the office of Worcester County D.A. Joseph D. Early. A spokesperson for Early told 25 Investigates, “there are no criminal charges being filed”.

The January fire left (then) 18-month-old Dylan Butler hospitalized for months with 2nd and 3rd degree burns on large sections of his body. He continues to receive skin grafts and will need them until he stops growing.

Dylan was alone in a bedroom when flames erupted in the Pak-n-Play he was napping in. In July, 25 Investigates reported that matches and other hazardous items were found in the room and the licensed daycare owner, 64 year-old Denise Blevins, checked two stoves in her home before coming to the aide of Dylan when smoke alarms sounded.

Dylan’s mother Caitlyn Nolette told 25 Investigates, “They told me there was not going to be criminal charges against the daycare because there was not enough evidence.”

Nolette said she learned of the decision during a zoom call with her lawyer and representatives of the Worcester D.A.

“I was hoping we could go actually go after her for all the trauma she put my son through. He has more years of going to Shriners for grafting… he has to go multiple times for grafts, and it kills me.” she explained.

Nolette said she was told the cause of the fire remains undetermined.

Blevins had a history of compliance issues dating back at least 5 years according documents reviewed by 25 Investigates. She voluntarily surrendered her license to operate a daycare in Massachusetts.

25 Investigates left a message on a home phone number listed for Blevins but the call was not returned.