A woman has been charged with murder and arson over a suspicious house fire that claimed the lives of a young couple and their 19-day-old newborn baby.
Abbey Forrest, 19, Inda Sohal, 28, and their baby daughter Ivy were killed in the blaze at Point Cook in Melbourne's south-west in the early hours of Wednesday morning.
Jenny Hayes, 46, was arrested on Thursday morning and charged with three counts of murder and arson causing death after allegedly deliberately starting the fire.
Hayes declined to appear in Melbourne Magistrates Court on Thursday and was remanded in custody.
Hayes allegedly got into an argument with a man she was visiting on the first floor of the townhouse before it went up in flames, according to 7 News.Insurance Loans Mortgage Attorney Credit Lawyer
Her lawyer Erin Byrt told told Magistrate Luisa Bazzini she didn't know her client's connection to the young family.
The court also heard Hayes was on pain medication for arthritis and restless leg syndrome and her state in prison was 'poor'.
The bodies of Abbey Forrest, 19, Inda Sohal, 25, and their baby daughter Ivy (pictured together) were found inside a Point Cook townhouse on Wednesday morning after a blaze tore through the property
Baby Ivy would have been three weeks old on Friday.
The young family had only just moved into the house less than a month ago to start life as a new family.
Abbey's sister Emily Forrest visited the scene of the fatal house fire on Friday morning to lay flowers and a toy outside the remains of the home.
She described her devastation at losing her sister who she said was 'over the moon' to become a mother.
'It should be the perfect time of their life, and now this awful tragedy has happened,' she told the Age.
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Emily Forrest visited the scene of the fatal house fire on Friday morning to lay flowers and a toy outside the remains of the home (Pictured left to right: Abbey Forrest, her sister Emily Forrest and their parents)
'She had the biggest, boldest personality. She was great. I'll always cherish the memories that I had growing up with her. She was my only sibling.'
She said she was grateful to get the chance to meet her niece before tragedy struck.
'I came home from a camping trip early and snuck into the hospital and got in a quick little visit despite COVID, and then we had a beautiful family dinner a week or so ago, so we got to meet everybody and our son got to meet his cousin so that was really beautiful,' she said.
'Abbey deserved so much more than this,' she told the Herald Sun.
'Life was just getting perfect for her. She was so proud to be a mum, she took to