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Baby Margot reunited with father in Austin after mother found dead near Houston

Shane Carey shared this photo of him holding Baby Margot on his Facebook page on Dec. 24, 2019.
Shane Carey shared this photo of him holding Baby Margot on his Facebook page on Dec. 24, 2019. (Shane Carey/Facebook)

AUSTIN, Texas – Margot Carey, the 3-week-old infant found in a home near Jersey Village last week, was reunited with her father Shane Carey in Austin on Monday night.

Baby Margot and her mother Heidi Broussard, 33, were reported missing on Dec. 12 after they were last seen in their Austin apartment complex. After an extensive, multi-agency search, officials were led to a home on Bo Jack Drive in the Rolling Fork neighborhood Thursday night.

When officials went into the home, they found a baby who was believed to be Margot. Her mother’s body was found in the trunk of a car on the property. Officials with the Medical Examiner’s Office said Broussard had been killed by strangulation.

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Child Protective Services took custody of the baby found at the home on Bo Jack Drive while officials worked to determine her identity. CPS told KPRC 2 that the agency will no longer be seeking temporary custody.

“The 3-week-old who was found at the home on Bo Jack last week is being reunited with family tonight,” an official with the agency said in a statement.

Ty Carey, Margot’s grandfather, said he’s grateful that the newborn is back with her family.

“I don’t know about the DNA test, but they’re just putting her back where she belongs -- with her family,” Ty Carey said. “A child needs to be, especially at that age, needs (the) voices and smells of familiarity.”

On Facebook, Shane Carey shared a photo Tuesday showing him holding a sleeping Margot.

“Baby Margo is home,” he wrote.

Earlier Monday evening, the Austin community held a prayer vigil for Broussard, Margot and their families and friends.

Meanwhile, Broussard’s friend, 33-year-old Magen Fieramusca is in Travis County Jail after police said they believe she faked a pregnancy, killed Broussard and kidnapped her newborn daughter.

Fieramusca is facing two kidnapping charges and a tampering with a corpse charge. She faces $600,000 bond. The Travis County District Attorney’s Office said a court date has not yet been set. No murder charges have been filed yet.


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