Man Who Intentionally Killed Daughter In Fire Dies From Burns

Holly Matkin

Martin Pereira allegedly chained his three-year-old daughter, Zoey, inside his burning car and left her to die.

Manhattan, NY – The man accused of chaining his three-year-old daughter inside his vehicle and setting it ablaze during a child custody battle has died from burns he received while murdering her nearly nine months ago.

Martin Pereira, 39, received second- and third-degree burns when he left his daughter, Zoey, to burn alive on May 6, 2019, the New York Post reported.

He remained medically sedated at the Weill Cornell Medical Center since that time.

Pereira was taken off of life support at 6:20 p.m. on Tuesday, according to WPIX.

“I hope he burns in the sub-basement of hell,” Zoey’s maternal grandmother, Denise Coleman, told the New York Post after learning of Pereira’s death. “I am happy he’s dead. If I could dance a jig, I would.”

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 at the time.

Cherone, 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 May 4, Pereira took Zoey to the Cohen Children’s Medical Center, and claimed that Cherone had abused her, according to the New York Daily News.

“He was calling me a drug dealer and a drug addict,” said Cherone, 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 the morning of May 5, but she refused to answer her phone, Cherone 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 Cherone after receiving the call, according to the New York Post.

Cherone 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.

Cherone 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 Cherone 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 Cherone told the New York Post. “I knew she was dead from the moment they took her out of the car.”

Meanwhile, Pereira was burned over 70 percent of his body.

"He's the fu--king devil," Cherone 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."

Denise said that Cherone has been in agony since her daughter’s murder nearly nine months ago, but that she recently went back to work as a medical assistant to help cope with her devastation, the New York Post reported.

“He was so selfish. He wanted to hurt my daughter — [so] he murdered my grandbaby,” Denise said, breaking down into tears. “He burned her alive.”

Denise said that Pereira’s family never reached out to Cherone after Zoey’s murder.

Pereira was charged with reckless endangerment, arson, and murder in connection with Zoey’s horrific death, but his medical condition prevented him from ever setting foot in a courtroom to answer to the charges, the New York Daily News reported.

Cherone said she regrets having complied with the judge’s custody order.

“I should’ve just kept her [with me] and gone to jail,” she told the New York Daily News. “I always thought he was going to hurt me. I never thought he was going to hurt my daughter."

Comments (98)
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Heezels
Heezels

Well to say this is a “good” outcome would be negating what he did. I’ll say that it’s acceptable and that I’m glad he suffered for being such a disgusting piece of trash.

Just-My-Thoughts.
Just-My-Thoughts.

Women, you pick the Father of your children.... I can't imagine the horror and pain that little one went through. God has her now, the BF, not worthy enough for a name, stood before God and give an answer why he did this. What a disgusting man and certainly not a Father who would die to protect his own....

Excalibr4
Excalibr4

Another black guy! WTF is wrong with these people!

LEO0301
LEO0301

It was hard to read this story. I can't imagine doing this anyone, especially your own flesh and blood.

IseeWhereThisIsGoing
IseeWhereThisIsGoing

The evil that people do to children.... to their children.... makes me both angry and want to go home and hug my son tightly, and protect him from all the evil in this world.

iUsername
iUsername

What goes around came around. Sounds like he got his too easy.

JBoH
JBoH

Sometimes...just every now and then and not often, I'm amazed at what some people have devolved into.

jcan259
jcan259

I am so sorry for her family and as hard as it is for m e to write, I'm sorry for his family too. It is no ones fault that he was a monster, he didn't have to be that, but he chose to. I know one thing, I have no remorse for that son of bitch for what he did to his own daughter, just to HURT his wife, who was just trying to be safe and trying get out of that relationship.
I'm a grandmother, and as grandmother I feel this poor little baby's grandma's pain, and she is right and honest to say it like it is. TO think that he was alive after all that and that he was actually in an induced coma is beyond me. I would have let him suffer to the very end. I'm a good person, but when it comes to my family, I WILL do whatever it takes to defend them. I hope the Mom knows she too did NOTHING wrong, and I believe she tried to keep the judge from granting visitation because in her heart she knew SOMETHING would happen, although I don't believe she could have ever imagined he would do THIS!
Her baby I believe is okay now.
I believe in heaven, but if there's a hell, I hope that monster is there forever and ever, being lit up and when the fire burns out, I hope he's lit again OVER and OVER and OVER.
Yes I sound cruel, but I am being honest about how I feel. I wish I could be forgiving, but to say I could forgive him, I would be lying. I hope her family can stay strong and support each other because they need each other now more than ever.

Quasar704
Quasar704

If only there was a way to kill people twice smfh. RIP babygirl

Gap Filler
Gap Filler

@LEO0301 I’ve had it done to me by a stepfather

Gap Filler
Gap Filler

While I’m sure the daughter is in heaven, I’m equally sure the father is in hell suffering for what he did.

It’s a shame in a “civilized” society we put him in an induced coma to reduce his pain when he should have been left to die as the dog he was.

Gap Filler
Gap Filler

@Burgers Allday Just like the racist, one sided, evil little troll you are who can’t contain his vitriol not even for a story as sad as this, you’re a sorry waste of sperm who’s mama should have swallowed rather than let you run down her chin and into her lap.

Why don’t you tell the whole truth or at least as much as you’re willing to part with?

And my personal favorite;

If you live in a glass house, don’t throw stones, there are bad apples no matter where you look but the way you go about it just shows your blind racism, hatred, and cowardice. I’m thinking the PC Term for this is SJW or maybe even Keyboard Commando.

I’m not sure, choose which one you like and apply it liberally.

BlueProtects
BlueProtects

🙏RIP, Prayers to the sweet Girl.🙏As they say: Karma's a Bi**h

ChasingYesterday
ChasingYesterday

Too bad the barbaric monster was kept sedated, he needed to suffer.

JCRPI
JCRPI

They should have stopped the meds, let him wake up, and suffer a preview of what Hell is going to feel like!

Shastabeau
Shastabeau

I hope this SOB suffered immensely for a long period of time! Rotten to the core!!

BLUEALWAYS
BLUEALWAYS

YESSSSSSSSSSS. KARMA AT IT'S BEST !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Thawes1024
Thawes1024

I hope he suffered painfully every second he was alive.

AUtigerfan
AUtigerfan

There's a special kind of hell for men like this. Be it the hospital or prison he was a dead man anyway. I'm glad he suffered.

Raymelson
Raymelson

What to hell is wrong with people this is the worst post I ever read an I wish hadn't read it R I P baby girl an my God be with the family

DRTice
DRTice

Should be a law against giving any sort of comfort to commits a crime like this, let them die a slow painful death

Inquirer63
Inquirer63

Incomprehensible evil.

RetiredCorrections
RetiredCorrections

Just to bad he was in a medically induced coma, could have just let him suffer like he did her


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