Stolen Baby: The Murder of Heidi Broussard (2023 Lifetime)
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Synopsis (via Lifetime)
Based on a true story of best friends Magen (Emily Osment) and Heidi (Anna Hopkins) who have known each other for a decade. Pretending to be pregnant at the same time as her friend, Magen makes the journey from Houston to Austin to be by Heidi’s side once she learns she is ready to give birth. However, when Heidi goes missing with her newborn daughter just a few weeks after giving birth, suspicions about Magen’s loyalty and her true intentions are questioned. Authorities begin to suspect that she is hiding a huge secret as they begin to uncover her twisted and elaborate plan. Ian Lake and Briar Nolet also star. (2023)
This movie is based on a true story.
Magen(Emily Osment) is in jail for the murder of her best friend, Heidi Broussard. The police question her, but Magen refuses to talk.
Flashback to when Heidi was alive; she loves caring for her newborn baby with her fiancee, Cody. She also has a school-aged son named Adyen. Baby Emma has jaundice, and Heidi is concerned; she tells Cody that she will somehow take her to the doctor the next day. Heidi seems to be always on the go and Cody isn’t really helping.
Meanwhile, Magen wakes up alone and makes a two-hour road trip to Heidi’s house. Then she stalks her around town while Heidi drops her son off at school.
Even though she is exhausted from having a newborn, Heidi, happily greets her friend, Magen, when she shows up unannounced. Magen is emotional and insists that Heidi leave behind her purse and ride in the car without a baby seat. A neighbor sees Heidi get into the car.
Cody returns to an empty house with the front door unlocked and her car in the garage. He is slightly confused but watches TV anyway. After a freaking nap, he starts to call around and realizes that his son isn’t home either. (Uh, come on, Cody!) This is when he starts to really worry and calls the police to report a missing person. A hot cop makes a report but doesn’t seem too concerned.
While we (thankfully) don’t see the murder, Magen drags Heidi’s body into a trunk with a screaming baby in the car seat. Magen and Baby Emma the two-hour drive and then puts her in her daughter’s empty nursery. When her husband Greg comes home, he is confused and dumb too. Magen tells him she went into labor and had the baby while he was at work!?!?!? (Wow, I can’t believe this really happened.)
Greg is the victim of years of Magen’s lies. She told him she was pregnant When she tried breaking up with her. They agreed to co-parent and live together, but not as a couple.
The search for Heidi and Emma is on. A friend of Heidi’s calls Magen to see if she has heard from Heidi; Magen denies having seen or heard anything and passes off the crying baby as her daughter, “Lillian.” Magen tells Greg about the search and is defensive when he asks questions.
The detectives question all of Heidi’s friends and focus on the fiance. Approximately 2 out of 5 female murder victims are killed by an intimate partner (Cooper & Smith, 2011.) Cody becomes outraged when the detectives accuse him of hurting Heidi. The outburst doesn’t make him look less guilty. Greg tells them about a little thing he noticed when Emma was born—Magen but in line to hold the baby. The Detective notes it because “you never know when something could be important.”
Magen gets a call from the Austin PD, and we learn that the friends met when they were sixteen in bible camp. The call seems fine, but the female Detective gets a “weird feeling,” and they run a background check.
I’m sure there is a lot to find because Magen Google searched “how to fake a miscarriage” and bought a fake baby bump online.
Magen wears the baby bump around and goes baby clothes shopping. She also has a JOiNT BABY SHOWER with Heidi. Magen overhears Heidi’s friends talking trash about her. (They say Magen is obsessed with Heidi and needs her own life.) They play darts for a gender reveal party, and Magen imagines everyone likes her.
Cody submits to a lie detector test. Which are we still doing? Haven’t they been debunked? The test was inconclusive. The detectives hone in on Magen, but they only have access to her Google searches, which is circumstantial evidence.
Greg and Heidi continue to argue over everything. Including her car parked in the backyard. It blows up into a whole thing, and it is a lot. When she is stressed, Magen remembers better times with Heidi. Or the time she came up with her scheme at the hospital while holding Emma. (She also smokes and calls Leighanne to vent.)
A witness shares that she saw Magen driving with Heidi and Emma in the backseat. It is enough to send a wellness check on Magen and her daughter. Magen can’t even answer simple questions about her baby or the delivery, which raises some major red flags. They masterfully get the baby out of danger and find Heidi’s body in the car’s trunk.
The police return Emma to her father, and they arrest Magen for the murder of Heidi Broussard. Megan strangled her friend with a dog leash. She was sentenced to 55 years in prison and has yet to state why she did what she did.
Side Note/Stray Thoughts
Minority Report: Teacher, Sarah, Natalie, Annie,
NEVER trust a Magen.
This movie handles things matter-of-factly since this is an actual crime case. It would have been a MORE interesting movie had they gone deeper into the relationship between Magen and Heidi.
Numbers of Kills: 🔪 (1 knife)
Enjoyment Level (1-5 scale)
🍷🍷🍷 (3 Glasses of Wine)
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