Dad who burnt his daughter alive in shut car charged with murder
The dad who allegedly left his 3-year-old daughter to burn alive in a chained-shut car earlier this month has been arrested on murder charges, police said Friday.
Martin Pereira, 39, of Valley Stream, Long Island, was also charged with arson and reckless endangerment for the horrific May 5 incident in Queens that left little Zoey Pereira dead, cops said.
First responders pulled Zoey’s charred body from a flaming Audi A6 that was doused with gasoline and parked in Springfield Gardens.
Pereira – who was locked in a bitter custody dispute with Zoey’s mom, Cherone Coleman – had allegedly threatened to hurt the child before he left the girl to burn, family previously told The Post.
The twisted dad suffered second- and third-degree burns to 70 percent of his body as a result of the fatal incident and had been sedated at Weill Cornell Medical Center.

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