A woman pretended to be pregnant, then murdered a close friend who vanished with her newborn baby a week ago, police believe. Magen Fieramusca, 33, is set to be charged with the murder of Heidi Broussard, 33, whose remains are believed to have been found in the trunk of a car in Houston, Texas, on Friday morning. Broussard’s one month-old daughter Margot Carey was found safe nearby and is unharmed. The Austin-American Statesman reported that Fieramusca now suspected of killing Heidi ‘pretended to have been pregnant simultaneously as Broussard.’ Fieramusca is due in court Friday morning. Neighbors told KHOU journalist Michelle Choi that the woman and her partner had been ‘trying for a baby.’
Choi added: ‘They’ve spoken with the man, described as nice a couple of times, but they’ve never spoke w/ his g/f – say they thought she was just shy.’ Heidi’s mom Tammy Broussard told CBS Austin that the body belonged to Heidi, and that the woman being questioned was a close friend of her late daughter’s. She added that Margot is now in social services custody. That suspect, who is believed to have killed Broussard and abducted Margot, has so far been charged with kidnapping and tampering, with her bond set at $600,000. Police say her car was in Broussard’s home city of Austin, around 170 miles from Houston, at the time the young mother disappeared.
Law enforcement sources have refused to comment further on whether Broussard knew her alleged killer, or if the murder was set-up in a bid to snatch her daughter. Broussard, from Austin, is believed to have been found dead eight days after she and Margot dropped another child off at an Austin’s Cowan Elementary School Investigators believe mother and daughter returned to their apartment complex after, then vanished. Broussard’s fiance Shane Carey issued a tearful appeal for her return. He said that all of Broussard and Margot’s belongings were still in the apartment, and that there had been no signs of a struggle.
Police immediately suspected foul play because Broussard had vanished with Margot, but left her other, older child behind. Officials said Friday they do not believe Carey to have been involved in his partner’s disappearance. He and Broussard were together for 10 years prior to her vanishing last week.