Zoey Pereira was three years old. Her parents were involved in a divorce court battle whereby each stated that the other one was abusive.
Zoey's mother Cherone Coleman begged the courts not to allow her estranged husband to have visitation rights with Zoey because he had threatened to harm her before. However, the courts rejected Cherone's plea and gave her estranged husband week-end visitation privileges.
The first week-end Zoey went with her father, he brought her back unharmed.
On the second week-end, however, as usual Cherone called continuously while
Zoey was with her father. On this week-end, he refused to answer the phone until Sunday-the day he was to bring Zoey home. When he answered the phone, Cherone said that he was saying all kinds of crazy things, including warning her that he would never see her daughter Zoey again. She said he said: “I couldn’t even understand some of them, but he said, ‘Do I have your attention now, b—-? I got your attention now, b—-. You’re never going to see your daughter again.'”
After he hung up, he strapped Zoey a child's car seat in the back of his Audi. Then he chained the doors from the interior with the windows rolled up. This trapped Zoey inside so that she couldn't get out and no one could get her out.
Finally, he poured gasoline on the car, lit a match and burnt Zoey up alive.