The son of a mother-of-four charged with murder over a fatal blaze which killed a young family says she never meant to hurt anyone.
Abbey Forrest, 19, Inda Sohal, 28, and their newborn baby Ivy were found dead inside a burnt-out townhouse at Point Cook, in Melbourne’s southwest, on Wednesday.
The intensity of the fire raised suspicions among arson and explosives squad detectives that it may have been deliberately lit.
Jenny Hayes, 46, was arrested at Airport West on Thursday morning and charged with three counts of murder and one count of arson causing death over the blaze.
Speaking to 7NEWS, Hayes’ son Harley Robertson revealed his mother was a “complete wreck” over the deaths and called him shortly after the blaze erupted, saying: “I think I’ve done something stupid.”
“One minute I was out with my friends – then I got a call saying my mum was in the police station,” he said.
Robertson said his mother was “very loving” and never meant to hurt anyone.
“She hasn’t always made the perfect decisions, but she’s always done what she’s thought was right and what’s always been best for me,” he said.
He said Hayes had “no idea” the family was sleeping upstairs.
7NEWS understands the mother-of-four was working as an escort and made a house call to another man, separate from the young family, who was renting a room on the ground floor of the property.
It’s alleged an argument broke out between the 46-year-old and her client prior to the house erupting in flames.
Hayes did not apply for bail and is due back in court in March.
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.”
Tributes have flowed for the couple on social media as devastated friends and family come to terms with the tragedy.
“Rest in peace Abbey, Indi and baby Ivy,” friend Jemma Webb wrote on Facebook.
“I hope that heaven treats you good (sic) … you’ll be missed.”