Magen Fieramusca, 34, was indicted on charges of capital murder for the death of Heidi Broussard, 33, and for kidnapping her infant.
Trigger Warning: Murder, Death, Child Kidnapping
What does one do when a friend betrays us horrifically? For most folks, it would mean learning to get past the hurt and move on but for one woman from Texas, it ended up as her death sentence. A woman she considered her friend for a decade turned on her causing her fatal harm.
Heidi Broussard, 33, of Austin, Texas and Magen Fieramusca, 34, had been friends for more than 10 years, Heidi's boyfriend Shane Carey told the police, according to an arrest affidavit. The two women met while attending the Texas Bible Institute in Columbus, the document was quoted, as saying by CNN. In 2019, for the longest time, people thought that they were pregnant at the same time.
Shane told investigators that "both women had spoken about the possibility of delivering on the same date," according to the affidavit. It is not clear if Magen was ever pregnant. However, she convinced her friends and ex-boyfriend Christopher Green that she was and had given birth. However, Christopher had never seen her stomach during the time she claimed to be pregnant, according to ABC News. She even had a baby to prove it, only the child wasn't hers.
The 34-year-old woman had kidnapped Heidi, killed her, and kidnapped her baby, Margot Carey, as well. Magen was indicted on January 28 for capital murder by a Grand jury in Travis County, according to a press release.
According to the indictment, on or about the day of December 12, 2019, in the course of kidnapping Heidi and her three-month-old daughter, Margot, Magen asphyxiated Heidi, intentionally causing her death.
Heidi and Margot went missing on December 12, 2019, after the mom dropped her son off at an elementary school, according to CNN. Shane said that her belongings like identification and her daughter's diaper bag were still inside her car. Investigation revealed that Magen had visited Heidi that day and a week later she was arrested in Harris County. FBI agents investigating the case had approached Christopher after he left the home he shared with Magen in Houston and bought baby clothes and formula at a Target store, the affidavit said.
Christopher and Magen were not together but lived in the same house. He was shown a flyer with pictures of the missing mother and child he replied, "That's the baby at my house," the affidavit said. He believed that Magen had given birth to his child on December 13.
She told investigators that she gave birth at a birthing center in The Woodlands on December 12 and was able to bring her child home with her on the same day. However, when she was asked to provide the name of the center, she said that she didn't recall it.
Heidi's decomposed body was found in a car in Magen's house. Baby Margot was also found in her house and was later reunited with her father and brother. After Magen's indictment, her bond was set at $1 million for the capital murder charge and $100,000 on the kidnapping charge, according to the release. Her attorney, Brian Erskine, said in a statement that the state of Texas had not revealed the evidence against her.
"Exculpatory and mitigating evidence has a shelf-life, and too many individuals in our criminal justice system have been delayed or denied this information," Brian said. "We cannot act to fairly and vigorously represent our Client when we start defending her with our hands tied and eyes blindfolded. Justice ought to be blind, not the defense," he added.