3-Year-Old Girl Burned Alive In Vehicle By Father During Custody Battle

Martin Pereira threatened to kill himself and his daughter, Zoey, just hours before her horrific murder.

Queens, NY – A child custody battle turned deadly on Sunday night, when a man chained his three-year-old daughter inside his vehicle and set it ablaze.

Martin Pereira had threatened to kill himself and his daughter, Zoey, just hours before he left her to burn to death inside his car, his ex-fiancé, Cherone Coleman, told the New York Post.

Coleman, 36, said that she and Pereira had been battling in court over custody of their three-year-old daughter, and that a judge ultimately ordered that Zoey was to go with Pereira over the weekend, The Washington Post reported.

On Saturday, Pereira took Zoey to the Cohen Children’s Medical Center, and claimed that Coleman had abused her, according to the New York Daily News.

“He was calling me a drug dealer and a drug addict,” said Coleman, who denied having harmed her child.

“They let him leave with her because he had all the paperwork stating he had visitation," she told the paper.

Pereira started calling her repeatedly on Sunday morning, but she refused to answer her phone, Coleman said.

He then dialed up one of her cousins.

“Get your brothers and get the cops — he said he’s going to kill himself and the baby,” the cousin told Coleman after receiving the call, according to the New York Post.

Coleman called Pereira, who began “saying crazy things,” she told the New York Daily News.

“He said, `Do I have your attention now, b---h? I got your attention now, b---h. You're never going to see your daughter again,’” she recounted.

The frantic mother immediately called 911 to report that she was afraid Pereira was going to harm Zoey and himself.

She called him again when police arrived, but he became enraged when he spotted one of the officers standing in the background during the video call, the New York Post reported.

“I know you’re talking…to the cops!” he raged.

Coleman confirmed that the police were with her, and told Pereira that he was “f--king crazy.”

“Where’s my daughter?” she demanded to know.

“Yeah, I’ll make you crazy,” he responded. “You’re never going to get your daughter again.”

Pereira then hung up on her, and only yelled incoherently when she called him back to try to speak with him further, she said.

At approximately 9 p.m., as Coleman was sitting inside the New York Police Department (NYPD) 113th Precinct station, she heard a radio call about a car on fire.

Police responded to the area near 154th Street and Baisley Boulevard, where they found the doors to Pereira’s vehicle chained shut and flames roaring out of the passenger side, the New York Daily News reported.

Zoey was strapped into her child safety seat, but Pereira ultimately got out of the vehicle and jumped into a nearby pond with his clothes on fire.

“I have my kid in the car,” he had told the good Samaritan who stopped to help.

Investigators later discovered that the inside of the vehicle had been doused with gasoline, The Washington Post reported.

A tube leading into the vehicle from a propane tank in the trunk further fueled the blaze, according to the New York Post.

The inferno was so intense that it melted the chains and door handles of the car, allowing first responders to reach Zoey, the New York Daily News reported.

She was rushed to Jamaica Hospital in a patrol vehicle.

“After I saw my daughter, I knew there was no way she survived that,” a tearful Coleman told the New York Post. “I knew she was dead from the moment they took her out of the car.”

Pereira was burned over 70 percent of his body, and remained heavily sedated in the hospital on Tuesday.

He is in police custody.

"He's the fu--king devil," Coleman said of Pereira, according to the New York Daily News.

"I wish I could torture him and kill him,” she said. “I can't imagine the pain my baby went through. She was burned terribly. Her bones were out and he ran off and left her to burn to death. Why would he do this to my daughter to get to me? It doesn't make sense."

Despite her grief and rage, Coleman said she ultimately hopes that Pereira survives.

“I want him to live and suffer for what he did to my daughter,” she said. “My daughter was perfect. She was loving, always smiling, and oh so caring.”

Comments (20)
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LEO0301
LEO0301

Unbelievable! Such a beautiful girl being raised by a monster. I too hope he lives and has to endure months of suffering from his burns. And please, I beg the hospital staff, don't give him anything for his pain.

alicefae
alicefae

Hideous. He will survive and sanity will come back. Then, while in prison.... he’ll suffer. My God, Bless that poor babies family.

Thinblueline
Thinblueline

There is really nothing I can wish on this piece of garbage because even the worst I can think of would not be enough!!! I do hope he lives though and endures much pain. RIP little one, I am sorry there was no one there to help you when you were in need.

THEDUKE
THEDUKE

mental illness - was it always this prevalent ? or is it just now more apparent due to real time videos? Bottom line is that there is more out there than we would first think.

burgerallday
burgerallday

So this is a rhetorical question, maybe the local trolls will think about it (Never will happen). "We" deal with this crap on a daily basis, not each of us individually, but as a profession. You morons wonder why "we" don't react as you think "we" should? Because "we" see this way too often. "We" see what comes after the verbal abuse, the physical confrontations and the abuse. "We" are sick of it, so when "you" think you have the rights to be an idiot, "we" are the only ones that will address your mis-conception.

CivilianMark
CivilianMark

Idiot judge grants visitation to crazy person and this is what happens. As bad as the judges who let dangerous criminals right back out on the street.

HAWAIIBLUE
HAWAIIBLUE

This guy needs to die. Taking his innocent daughter and cheating her out of a life she should’ve been entitled to experience. If he lives he won’t suffer, he didn’t care about his own daughter. Nothing is going to make him realize if he’s that fucked in his head. Why does he need to die? So he can’t claim insanity, get court orders to some mental health ward, then get released or escape and be out and about while police have to look for him.

cspcapt
cspcapt

Pure evil

Ziggy848
Ziggy848

Hopefully he will get his once he is in Prison

BlueLM101
BlueLM101

This one made me cry and I don't cry easily. I have seen the tragedy of how one person treats another. It's part of my daily job, but there are some things I hope I never have to experience. If I came across this I don't know if I would be able to contain my emotions. This is sick! That person; because I can't use the word man, deserves to feel the pain equal to what his daughter felt. He belongs in some deep dark corner in Hell where he will experience the pain of his daughter over and over and over again!

61mouse
61mouse

So why do black people complain about the white people , when they themselves do shit like this to each other ?? Where is the BLM protest. I'm glad she did not survive only because the pain she would feel and surgeries that she would have would be worst then dying. Now him seeing he was burned over 70% he should NOT BE ALLOW PAIN MEDS . Let him suffer

PSOStone
PSOStone

GP, will fix EVERYTHING!!

Mig Alley
Mig Alley

What a beautiful little girl. RIP

EMarie
EMarie

Bless her beautiful, pure heart. She is where no harm can come and no nightmares can ever haunt her.

SithSnoopy
SithSnoopy

What kind of drugs and/or demons, or simply his own pure evil, did this sperm donor have inside of him????? Who does this to their own child to hurt their spouse??? God forgive us and save us from the rampant evil around us and in us!!!!

amdguru
amdguru

Unbelievable! I feel so bad for that little girl. The pain this idiot put her threw is unforgivable. The good news is, this little girl is now with Jesus and will never experience pain again.

Their will never be an excuse for what this guy did to his own daughter and I hope he lives another 60 years being tortured in prison.

I'm sure mom didn't help things either and did things to him that created more & more anger .