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Woman accused of strangling Heidi Broussard to steal her baby makes first appearance in court

The woman accused of killing new mom Heidi Broussard in order to steal her infant baby has made her first appearance in court. 

Magen Fieramusca, 35, appeared via Zoom from the Travis County Jail in Austin  Monday for a hearing on charges of capital murder, tampering with a corpse and two counts of kidnapping. 

Her attorneys requested another month to work on the case and a judge reset the hearing to April 28. 

The accused killer is being held on a $1.6 million bond. 

Fieramusca and Broussard had been best friends for two decades after meeting at a church camp as children.

But in December 2019, Fieramusca allegedly strangled Broussard to death with a dog leash in a brazen plot to take her two-week-old baby, Margot, and pass the tot off as her own.  

 Baby Margot was found safe and well at Fieramusca’s home, before she was reunited with her father, Broussard’s fiance, Shane Carey.  

Broussard is pictured with baby Margot just after she gave birth. Less than two weeks later, the new mom was strangled to death

Megan Fieramusca (left), the woman accused of killing her best friend Heidi Broussard in order to steal her infant baby, Margot (pictured right),  has made her first appearance in court

Fieramusca, 35, appeared via Zoom from the Travis County Jail in Austin Monday for a hearing on charges of capital murder, tampering with a corpse and two counts of kidnapping.

Fieramusca, 35, appeared via Zoom from the Travis County Jail in Austin Monday for a hearing on charges of capital murder, tampering with a corpse and two counts of kidnapping.

Broussard (right) and Fieramusca (left) had been best friends for two decades after meeting at a church camp as children

Broussard (right) and Fieramusca (left) had been best friends for two decades after meeting at a church camp as children

Carey and Broussard also shared a son, Silas, who is now seven years old. 

New photos from Facebook show that Carey is taking sole care of both children. 

He also appears to have found love again following his fiancee’s brutal murder, as his Facebook page shows an update from February stating that he is in a relationship.

The shocking case captured the attention of the nation, and Carey was initially believed to be a suspect after Broussard vanished with two-week-old Margot on December 12, 2019 after leaving their Austin home. 

Her disappearance sparked a widespread search of the area in and around the city. 

A tip-off led investigators to a home reportedly rented by Fieramusca in Jersey Village, more than 140 miles away. 

Broussard’s body was found stuffed in the trunk of a car registered to Fieramusca outside the residence. 

Baby Margot was found alive and well. She is now being raised by her dad, Shane Carey. Margot is pictured with big brother, Silas, in a recent  social media snap shared on Carey’s Facebook page 

Carey is pictured at Broussard’s grave in a recent social media snap. He appears to have found love again following his fiancee’s brutal murder

Growing up without mom: Broussard's children, Silas and Margot, are pictured in a social media snap shared by their dad, Shane Carey, who is now raising them on his own

Growing up without mom: Broussard’s children, Silas and Margot, are pictured in a social media snap shared by their dad, Shane Carey, who is now raising them on his own

Baby Margot was found inside the home, but Fieramusca reportedly claimed the infant was her own. 

According to investigators, Fieramusca was a ‘womb raider’ who had faked her own pregnancy for nine months with sinister plans to snatch her best friend’s baby after she had given birth.

Detectives allege Fieramusca strangled Broussard sometime between December 12 and December 19, before claiming baby Margot as her own. 

Law enforcement claims Fieramusca pretended to be pregnant herself at the same time as Broussard and even set a fake due date for December 1.

She additionally set up a Target baby registry. 

Friends of Fieramusca claim they told her that she had given birth to a baby girl named ‘Luna Mae’ in early December. 

Even Broussard’s fiance, Shane Carey, believed Fieramusca was expecting.  

‘Heidi loved Magen, they had a great relationship. She was a friend. You would not suspect this at all. Like, at all,’ he said after her arrest. 

If convicted of capital murder, Fieramusca faces the death penalty or life in prison.  

Broussard's body was found stuffed in the trunk of a car registered to Fieramusca outside a home in Jersey Village (pictured)

Broussard’s body was found stuffed in the trunk of a car registered to Fieramusca outside a home in Jersey Village (pictured) 

If convicted of capital murder, Fieramusca faces the death penalty or life in prison.

If convicted of capital murder, Fieramusca faces the death penalty or life in prison.

Broussard is pictured pregnant with baby Margot in the fall of 2019

Broussard is pictured pregnant with baby Margot in the fall of 2019


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