Death of 3-year-old found in burning car is called homicide

May 6, 2019

NEW YORK (AP) — Police are calling a 3-year-old girl’s death a homicide after she was found in a burning car in New York City and a man was taken into custody.

The New York Police Department identified the girl Monday as Zoey Pereira, of Queens.

She died Sunday at a hospital after police found her, critically injured, in a blazing car at a Queens intersection.

Officers then discovered a 39-year-old man, covered in burns, in a nearby park. He’s in custody and hospitalized.

No charges have been filed thus far. Medical examiners are working to determine the cause of the girl’s death, and police are investigating the circumstances.