Girl accused of killing Heidi Broussard to steal child will take plea deal, 55-year sentence

Present Caption Disguise Caption Heidi Broussard physique discovered close to Magen Fieramusca’s house: 2019 response After Heidi Broussard went lacking in 2019, her physique was discovered stuffed in a duffel bag within the trunk of a automotive parked exterior Magen Fieramusca’s house northwest of Houston. This is how the neighborhood reacted. Austin American-Statesman

A girl who investigators say befriended Austin mom Heidi Broussard a decade earlier than killing her and kidnapping her then-2-week-old daughter in 2019 is predicted to simply accept a plea deal subsequent week for 55 years in jail, based on the Travis County district lawyer’s workplace.

Magen Fieramusca, 37, is predicted to plead responsible Jan. 31 to a cost of homicide in Broussard’s dying, a case that started with a determined search by household and neighbors for the lacking 33-year-old mother and her toddler.

One week after Broussard was final seen, detectives discovered her physique stuffed inside a duffel bag within the trunk of a automotive parked exterior Fieramusca’s house northwest of Houston. In addition they rescued Broussard’s youngster, Margo Carey, who was inside the home with Fieramusca.

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Investigators mentioned Fieramusca had pretended to be pregnant whereas Broussard was pregnant, then kidnapped and fatally strangled Broussard a few weeks after Broussard gave beginning, with the plan to cross off Broussard’s youngster as her personal.

“We hope that this final result brings some closure and permits the Broussard and Carey households to proceed their therapeutic course of,” the Travis County DA’s workplace mentioned in an announcement. “Our hearts proceed to interrupt for them and their immeasurable loss.”

Fieramusca was initially charged with capital homicide. Fieramusca’s lawyer, Brian Erskine, mentioned he felt the plea settlement was acceptable.

“As charged, Ms. Fieramusca was life with out the potential for parole,” Erskine mentioned. “After appreciable dialogue, along with vital compelling mitigation associated to Ms. Fieramusca and the doable appellate points associated to the search of her residence, each events really feel that that is the suitable decision. I think about many have questions that can by no means be adequately answered. However, I hope that this plea brings some closure to this household’s nice loss.”

Fieramusca, who household and pals say had met Broussard via a church-affiliated program and been pals together with her for years, acted suspiciously quickly after Broussard gave beginning at a hospital in Austin, based on investigators. The new child’s grandfather famous that Fieramusca interrupted his first assembly along with his granddaughter, asking to carry the newborn first.

Broussard vanished Dec. 12, 2019, with Margo, touching off a frantic search that drew nationwide consideration. A neighbor of Broussard’s advised police that she noticed Broussard and Fieramusca hug exterior Broussard’s Austin condominium, then noticed Broussard get into Fieramusca’s automobile together with her toddler, investigators testified throughout a court docket listening to final yr.

Fieramusca’s then-boyfriend, Christopher Inexperienced, advised investigators that he had witnessed Fieramusca’s stomach develop throughout her being pregnant, however that they had a rocky relationship and he by no means noticed her pregnant abdomen, based on audio of the interview performed in court docket. She advised him she was carrying his youngster. When a Texas Ranger requested Inexperienced the place she gave beginning, he mentioned: “She’s been actually distant with me about that stuff. I do not know why.”

Someday, Inexperienced got here house, and there was an toddler on the mattress in his home, he advised the Rangers.

An investigator with the Texas Rangers approached Fieramusca exterior the house on Dec. 19, 2019, whereas Inexperienced was out searching for child method. Fieramusca, who was holding a child monitor, advised the investigator she had given beginning on Dec. 12, 2019, at a birthing middle in The Woodlands and went house later that day.

Pressed for the particular birthing middle, Fieramusca mentioned she couldn’t bear in mind it.

Texas Rangers detained Fieramusca in her yard for roughly seven hours whereas they waited for warrants, as victims providers personnel and an Austin police officer stayed inside with the newborn.