A Texas father who lost his fiance, Heidi Broussard, after her supposed best friend abducted her and her baby, says that there is “no way” the suspect could have acted alone, ABC reports.
“I don’t know what happened. Heidi is way stronger than Magen. There has to be a second person. There is no way Magen was by herself.”
Broussard’s fiance, Shane Carey, was referring to Magen Fieramusca, a woman accused of kidnapping both Broussard and her infant, Margo. Broussard was found dead in the trunk of Fieramusca’s car, and baby Margo was found inside Fieramusca’s residence.
Travis County authorities alleged that Fieramusca pretended to be pregnant alongside Broussard. The pair had been friends since they were children. Fieramusca, however, wanted Carey and Broussard’s newborn. When police confronted Fieramusca in her Houston, they found baby Margo inside, sitting in a baby swing.
Fieramusca allegedly claimed that the baby was hers and that she had given birth at a Woodlands birthing center. When pressed to give the exact name of the birthing center, Fieramusca claimed she didn’t remember, according to an arrest affidavit.
Hospital records later confirmed that the baby Fieramusca was trying to pass off as her own was actually Margo. The infant is now back with Carey, minus her mother, who died from asphyxiation. No one has yet been charged Broussard’s death.
“I want to look at her straight in the eyes and ask her why?” Carey told ABC, referring to Fieramusca. “That’s all I want to say. There’s no reason for any of this. I believe somebody talked her into it. I mean, from knowing Magen, I would never imagine it.”
Carey added that although he understood Fieramusca’s current charges, he didn’t understand murder charges haven’t been brought against whoever killed Broussard.
“I guess it’s tampering with evidence, [but] how is no one charged [with murder]? … There has to be someone charged,” Carey said. “I don’t know why this happened. She had my baby in her room supposedly. So it had to be her. … She had to be involved.”
As CrimeOnline previously reported, according to an unsealed nine-page affidavit, Fieramusca started acting “suspiciously” shortly after baby Margot’s birth in November. Fieramusca, who met Broussard at a children’s church camp years ago, was at the hospital when Broussard gave birth.
The baby’s grandfather told police the Fieramusca interrupted him while he was being introduced to Margot. Fieramusca apparently wanted to be the first one to hold the newborn.
“Shane Carey’s father was surprised by the actions of Magen Fieramusca and that his first introduction and time with his grandchild was interrupted by a friend of Heidi’s,” police said in the affidavit.
Fieramusca, who stayed at Broussard’s apartment when Margo was born, had a key to Broussard’s Austin residence that she shared with her fiance, Shane Carey. According to Carey, Fieramusca promised to leave the apartment key on a counter, yet she never did.
A neighbor who lived at the same Austin apartment complex as Broussard told police that she saw two women talking around the time Broussard disappeared, on December 12. The neighbor said one of the women had a baby in her arms.
She witnessed the woman with an infant walking toward a parked car, where she greeted another woman. Both women and the infant then got into the car. The car then drove away.
On December 19, authorities showed the neighbor a lineup photo of Fieramusca. The neighbor said that she was “60% to 70%” sure that the photo matched the woman she saw in the parking lot.
Further, authorities found video evidence that placed Fieramusca’s car near Broussard’s home on the day Broussard vanished, according to the affidavit.
Law enforcement later located Fieramusca’s residence in Houston, and while surveying her home, they noticed that Fieramusca parked her car in the backyard. It appeared as if Fieramusca was trying to hide her vehicle, according to investigators.
Fieramusca also carried out questionable internet searches on December 12, the affidavit states, including searches for “reasons for Amber Alert” and “Amber alert issued Austin.” From November 11 to December 18, someone under Fieramusca’s account name used an electronic device to search for “Heidi Broussard” over 160 times.
On December 14, someone using the same device searched for “bodies found in Austin Texas.”
Investigators said they spoke to a man who lived in the Houston residence with Fieramusca. The man said the suspect was his ex-girlfriend, but they still lived together. The same man, according to the affidavit, told investigators that Fieramusca said she was pregnant, but he admitted that he never saw her bare stomach during the months she was supposedly pregnant.
Fieramusca allegedly told the man that she gave birth to a girl while he was out of town working.
Fieramusca is scheduled for a court hearing in Travis County on February 3.
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