A Texas woman accused of abducting her friend’s infant will appear in court next week.
According to Travis County District Attorney’s Office, 33-year-old Magen Fieramusca is scheduled to appear in court on January 2. She’s facing two counts kidnapping and one count of tampering with evidence, namely a human corpse.
As CrimeOnline previously reported, authorities found the body of Heidi Broussard last Thursday, seven days after she vanished from her Austin apartment, in the trunk of a Nissan parked at a residence in Houston.
The Nissan is registered to Fieramusca, who was a long-time friend of Heidi’s. Officials ruled Heidi’s cause of death as “ligature strangulation.” Authorities found Heidi’s infant daughter, Margo, inside the same Houston residence, in a baby swing.
Fieramusca allegedly insisted that the baby was hers. Hospital records reportedly confirmed Margo’s identity, according to her grandfather, Ty Carey. Margo is now back home with her father, Shane Carey.
Neighbors near Fieramusca said she lived with a man who thought the baby was his. The man reportedly said he thought Fieramusca had their child while he was out of town working.
Authorities said they have reason to believe that Fieramusca pretended to be pregnant alongside Heidi. The suspect had a baby registry listed on Amazon, with a due date of December 1.
While Heidi was missing, Fieramusca allegedly made calls and volunteered to help find her. Tim Miller, founder of the search and rescue group, Texas Equusearch, said Fieramusca indicated she was at the hospital when Heidi gave birth to Margo.
“There was not one single indication she had anything to do with it,” Miller said, according to KHOU. “She’s at the hospital as Heidi has a baby.”
“She said, ‘Mr. Miller thank you for what you’re doing.’ She says, ‘I’m going to keep talking to people and everything and if I come up with anything, is it OK if I call you?’”
Heidi’s friends who spoke with Fieramusca said they heard a baby in the background and assumed the infant belonged to the suspect. They later found out about Fieramusca’s alleged plan to take Margo.
Meanwhile, family members planned Heidi’s funeral for Saturday morning. According to the Houston Chronicle, the wake will take place in Lake Charles, Louisiana, on Friday at 6 p.m., followed by funeral services on Saturday at 11 a.m.
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EDITOR’S NOTE: A previous version of this story included details of an arrest that authorities cannot confirm, citing a gag order.
[Feature Photo: Heidi Broussard & Margo/Handout]