News Father of girl, 3, who died in a Queens car fire charged with murder, arson, NYPD says Zoey Pereira died of burns and smoke inhalation after she was trapped inside a burning car by her father, according to police and the city medical examiner. The father of a 3-year-old girl who died in a car fire in Queens was charged with murder and arson, police said on Friday. Photo Credit: Howard Schnapp By Lauren Cook email@example.com @L_Cook865 Updated May 17, 2019 10:13 PM Print Share fbShare Tweet Email The father of a 3-year-old Queens girl has been charged in her horrific death inside a burning car, police said Friday. Zoey Pereira died of burns and smoke inhalation on May 5 after she was trapped inside a burning car by her father, according to police and the city medical examiner. She was found inside an Audi on fire outside Baisley Pond Park at 154th Street and Baisley Boulevard in Springfield Gardens shortly before 9 p.m., according to police. She was rushed to Jamaica Hospital Medical Center, but did not survive. Zoey's biological father, Martin Pereira, 39, was taken into custody near the scene of the fire with burns on his body, and is now facing charges of murder, arson and reckless endangerment, police said. Gas canisters and chains were found at the scene, an NYPD spokesman said. With Nicole Brown and Newsday By Lauren Cook firstname.lastname@example.org @L_Cook865 Lauren joined amNY.com as a news editor in 2016. Previously, she worked as a web producer at CBS New York and News 12. Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Comments We're revamping our Comments section. Learn more and share your input.