Law enforcement officers in Maywood and Bell Tuesday were looking for a couple wanted in the death of an adopted 2-year-old girl in northern Mississippi.
Ramon Barreto, 34, and Janet Killough Barreto, 41, traveled to Guatemala several times to “purchase” children from an adoption agency, according to the U.S. Marshals Service. They allegedly mistreated the children, and a 2-year-old girl died in 2008.
Janet Barreto, who is diabetic and sometimes wears wigs, was arrested in May 2008, then released in December of that year on bond, according to the Marshals Service.
In March 2009, she was arrested on suspicion of tampering with a witness in her child abuse and manslaughter case and again released on bond. But she never showed up for court in May 2009 and has been on the run ever since, according to the Marshals Service.
Her husband also is wanted in connection with the crimes. The couple also has ties to Mexico, Florida, Texas and Tennessee, according to the Marshals Service, which is offering a $25,000 reward for tips leading directly to Janet Baretto’s arrests.
Ramon is Hispanic, about 5 feet 5 inches and 130 pounds, with black hair and brown eyes. Janet is white, about 5 feet 6 inches and 300 pounds, with black hair and brown eyes. She may go by Janet Torres, Jeanie Seale, Dealie Harris, Victoria Lopez, Vicky Ulloa, Vicky Christian, Vicky Sara Ulloa or other aliases.
The couple has been featured on the America’s Most Wanted show and were added to the U.S. Marshals 15 Most Wanted fugitives list June 3. Anyone seeing them was urged to call 911, or the Marshals Service at (800) 336-0102.