A woman suspected of faking a pregnancy then murdering her best friend to snatch her newborn daughter has been named as Magen Fieramusca.
Fieramusca, 33, was arrested Friday, hours after a body believed to belong to missing mom Heidi Broussard was found in the trunk of a car in Houston, Texas.
Broussard vanished in Austin, 165 miles away, on December 12 with one month-old daughter Margot. The infant was found safe and well near where the body was discovered. An autopsy is underway to confirm her identity and establish how she died.
Her suspected killer is due to be arraigned in court on Friday morning.
Prison records show Fieramusca was initially arrested for driving offenses.
She has also since been charged with kidnapping and tampering with evidence, with her bail set at $600,000.
Murder charges are also likely to follow.
Broussard’s mother Tammy Broussard told CBS Austin that Fieramusca was a close friend of her daughter’s.
The mother vanished after dropping her older child off at elementary school near her home in Austin, Texas, last week – around 165 miles from where the corpse was found.
Fieramusca’s car was reportedly in the Texan city around the time Broussard was last seen.
Broussard’s daughter Margot Carey was found safe and well in a house close to where her mother’s body was discovered (Picture: CBS Austin)Neighbors told KHOU that Fieramusca, who has a previous charge of felony theft, and her partner had been ‘trying for a baby.’
They described Fieramusca’s partner as ‘nice,’ but said the suspected killer kept herself to herself.
Broussard’s partner Shane Carey put out a tearful appeal after she disappeared.
Police said Friday they do not believe that he is involved in his partner’s disappearance.
Broussard is believed to have returned home to the apartment she shared with Carey after dropping her eldest child off to school.
There were no signs of a struggle there.
Seeing the undisturbed scene, and realizing Broussard had left her other child at school led police to immediately suspect foul play.
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