A ‘sex worker’ is said to have set a house on fire and murdered two young parents with their newborn daughter.
Jenny Hayes, 46, has been arrested and charged with three counts of murder and arson that resulted in death.
Abbey Forrest, 19, her partner Inderpal Singh, 28, and three-week-old daughter Ivy died in the Point Cook, Melbourne incident Wednesday morning.
Police would investigate whether Hayes was a sex worker visiting a man who was staying downstairs in the family’s mansion. NCA NewsWire reports.
It’s not clear what caused or caused the incident, but agents are reportedly investigating whether the two had a falling out over sexual services before Hayes left and then returned and set the bed on fire.
Authorities have not yet confirmed whether they have identified the man at the property, but said they were not looking for anyone else in connection with the incident.
There is no suggestion that the man had anything to do with the crime.
Hayes did not appear in court in Melbourne on Thursday night, as her case was briefly mentioned The Guardian.
Her attorney Erin Byrt told the court that her client’s relationship with the young family had not been disclosed.
Detective Senior Sergeant Mark Kennedy said that during the investigation, officers found a mattress that appeared to have been recently slept on when they searched the mansion.
He added that the house had been ‘completely engulfed’ when the fire brigade arrived, saying, ‘The mansion was raging, especially in the front and above … [and] with accidental fires that do not normally occur. “
Other mansions in the area were also damaged by the fire, which was eventually under control in about an hour.
Mr. Kennedy added that a neighbor was trying to save the family, but unfortunately “the fire took its toll and nothing could be done about it”.
Police said they were not looking for anyone else in connection with the incident.
Emily Forrest, the Abbey sister, created one GoFundMe page to help with the costs of the funerals of the family of three.
The heartbroken relative said the young parents and their daughters were “beautiful souls whose lives were tragically cut short.”
Emily added that her sister and her family had moved into the property just a few weeks ago, The Australian reports.
She said she was very close to her only sibling and that her death was heartbreaking.
Emily added, “She was a great mom; she just took it like a duck in the water. I’m so incredibly proud of her.
She was absolutely smitten. She was so happy to be a mother and she was doing so well. ‘
Hayes is due to appear in court next March.