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

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The Associated Press

Police are calling a 3-year-old girl's death a homicide after she was found in a burning car in Springfield Gardens and a man was taken into custody.

The NYPD identified the girl Monday as Zoey Pereira.

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

Officers 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.