Mom whose child died day after house fire arrested for arson

Mom whose child died day after house fire arrested for arson
TACOMA, Wash. -- A Puyallup woman whose home burned down a day before her infant daughter died has been arrested on suspicion of arson.

Ed Troyer with the Pierce County Sheriff's Office said Melinda Kay Sayers was arrested Thursday and is facing a first degree arson charge.

Sayers' 11-month-old daughter, Abigail, was born premature and spent the majority of her young life as a patient at Seattle Children's Hospital. The family gained attention late last year when Seahawks star quarterback Russell Wilson visited Abigail at the hospital.

After undergoing five brain surgeries, Abigail was finally deemed healthy enough to return home earlier this month. But before she could, the family's Puyallup home mysteriously burned down.

Just a day after the fire, Abigail died at the hospital.

In the following weeks, Troyer said detectives investigating the case "noticed that the fire was not consistent with the evidence at the scene to be an accident."

Detectives interviewed Melinda Kay Sayers on Thursday, at which point she confessed to starting the fire, according to Troyer. She told police she started the fire "because she had too much going on and wanted her daughter to stay at the hospital," Troyer said.

Sayers is now in custody at the Pierce County Jail and will make her first court appearance on Friday.