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Reports: Woman arrested in connection with missing Austin mom was plotting to take baby before birth

Woman's missing infant daughter found alive
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Posted at 10:29 AM, Dec 20, 2019
and last updated 2019-12-20 10:32:04-05

AUSTIN, Texas — The body of a woman believed to be that of a woman missing since Dec. 12 was found in the trunk of a car near Houston, KXAN reports, and the woman's infant daughter has been recovered.

Though the body has not yet officially been identified, officials believe the remains to be those of Heidi Broussard. Her roughly three-week-old daughter was found to be in good condition.

KVUE-TV in Austin reports that a Houston woman and close friend of Broussard has been charged with kidnapping and evidence tampering. Law enforcement sources say the suspect had been plotting to take baby from Broussard, leading up to the child's birth.

KVUE also reports that officials think the suspect might have had help in the plot.

KTRK-TV in Houston reports that at least one person is in custody. The station reports that online records show the car in which the remains were found is registered to someone who Broussard knows.

Broussard and her daughter were last seen at Cowan Elementary School in Austin on the morning of Dec. 12.

Police are asking people to share their tips with the Austin Police Department. They are not able to monitor all Facebook pages for tips, and you can call them at 512-974-5250.

This story was originally published by KXXV in Waco, Texas.