PICTURED: Woman charged over Melbourne fire that killed couple and newborn


A woman charged with murder after being accused of lighting a house fire in southwest Melbourne that claimed the lives of a young couple and their daughter has been pictured.

The Point Cook townhouse was destroyed in the Wednesday morning blaze, with the bodies of 19-year-old Abbey Forrest, 28-year-old Inda Sohal and newborn baby Ivy.

The intensity of the fire raised suspicions among arson and explosives squad detectives that it may have been deliberately lit, with police arresting Jenny Hayes, 46, in Airport West on Thursday morning.

She was later charged with three counts of murder plus arson causing death, and declined to appear in Melbourne Magistrates’ Court on Thursday night as her case was briefly mentioned.


Hayes is due back in court in March.

The young family had only moved into the house three weeks earlier.

Abbey’s sister, Emily Forrest, fought back tears as she visited what remains of the house on Thursday, laying flowers and a Peppa Pig doll outside in a tribute to the “beautiful souls”.

“I just know that she would just turn around and just tell me to try and remain really strong,” she said.

“She’s always been a really brave person.”

- With AAP

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