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

By Wes Wilson

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, 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 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.  

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. 

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

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.

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