Magen Fieramuska, 37, is expected to plead guilty on January 31 to charges of killing his Austin mother. The case began with a desperate search by family and neighbors for a missing 33-year-old mother and her baby. .
Here’s what we know about the case:
Who is Heidi Broussard?
Heidi Broussard disappeared on December 12, 2019 along with her young daughter Margot Carey. Broussard’s disappearance sparked a search that involved the Austin police, Texas Rangers, and the FBI.
The case took a horrific turn on December 19, when Broussard’s body was found in a gym bag in the trunk of a car outside Fieramuska’s suburban Houston home.
What is Magen Fieramusca accused of?
Fieramuska is accused of befriending Broussard ten years before she killed her and kidnapped her two-week-old daughter in 2019.
According to court documents, Broussard and Fieramuska shared the joy of being pregnant at the same time and wondered if they would give birth on the same day. But Fieramuska was not pregnant and staged an elaborate hoax to kidnap Broussard’s baby and present it as her own, according to an affidavit accusing her of kidnapping.
According to the one-page indictment, Fieramuska strangled Broussard by “strangling with a ligature, a leash and a hand”.
How did the authorities find the child?
Six days after Broussard and her child disappeared, police questioned a woman who lived in their apartment building. She told police that she saw two women interacting, and that one of them appeared to be carrying an infant, whom police believe is Broussard’s daughter. Another woman, a neighbor said, looked like the man in the photograph, who police said was called Fieramuska.
A Texas Rangers investigator approached Fieramuska outside her home on Dec. 19 while her then-boyfriend Christopher Green was shopping for baby food. Fieramuska, who held the baby monitor, told the coroner that she gave birth on December 12 at a maternity hospital in the Woodlands and went home the same day.
Texas Ranger investigators entered the home to make sure the child was safe after questioning Green in the Target parking lot, and he urged them to “please take that child away,” according to the Texas Ranger’s testimony.