'Close Friend' of Missing New Mom in Custody

Body said to be Heidi Broussard's found; cops say Magen Fieramusca plotted to take her baby
By Jenn Gidman,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 20, 2019 12:43 PM CST

(Newser) – An arrest has been made in the case of missing Texas mom Heidi Broussard after a body believed to be hers was found Thursday evening at a home near Houston. An infant girl was also found at the Jersey Village residence, thought to be Broussard's daughter, Margot Carey. The Austin Police Department, which says the healthy baby is in the care of Child Protective Services, notes her DNA is being tested to see if she is little Margot, per KXAN. Broussard's mother says cops told her the body found in the trunk of a car at the home was likely her daughter, reports NBC News. An autopsy is being conducted for confirmation. The suspect now in custody and being held on $600,000 bond is 33-year-old Magen Rose Fieramusca, and police say she was a "close friend" with Broussard, who was from Austin. More on this developing case:

  • A gruesome scheme? Law enforcement officials say Fieramusca, who's so far been charged with kidnapping and tampering with evidence (a corpse), had faked being pregnant over the past several months and plotted to take Broussard's baby, per the Austin American-Statesman. Investigators are also exploring the possibility that others may have been involved in Broussard's killing.

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