Zoey Pereira, 3, burned to death by her father A Queens, NY man is in critical condition suffering from burns and now some family members are hoping he will die.
Martin Pereira is accused of the murder of his daughter Zoey Pereira, 3, who he allowed to burn to death in his car this past Sunday, May 5, after a custody battle with the child’s mother.
According to the New York Daily News, Pereira was in a bitter custody dispute with the child’s mother Cherone Coleman, 36.
According to Coleman, Pereira had been increasingly vindictive over the past several weeks over custody and legal issues.
On Sunday, she received a call from Pereira in which he allegedly said “Do I have your attention now, b-? I got your attention now, b-. You’re never going to see your daughter again.” A few hours later police responded to a 911 call of a car burning on Boulevard and 155th Street.
Witnesses told police that the man driving the vehicle was driving erratically before stopping the vehicle.
Suddenly the car burst into flames and Pereira emerged from the vehicle fully engulfed.
When they found the burning car it was noted that the rear doors were chained shut, but the intensity of the heat melted the door handles and allowed the rescuers to open the car.
According to police, they only found Pereira because a piece of his clothing was on fire and they followed the light to its source.
They discovered Pereira stripped down to his underwear near the park’s pond.
On Monday, May 6, he was charged with homicide for the death of his daughter and remains at the hospital in police custody.
Two of Zoey’s aunts angered over their niece’s death spoke to media on Monday.