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Miss. woman suspected of killing child added to '15 Most Wanted'

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Janet Barreto is wanted after she failed to appear in Union County in May 2009 for charges of manslaughter of a child, child abuse, child neglect, and witness tampering. Janet Barreto is wanted after she failed to appear in Union County in May 2009 for charges of manslaughter of a child, child abuse, child neglect, and witness tampering.
Ramon Barreto is also wanted in connection with these crimes. Ramon Barreto is also wanted in connection with these crimes.
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(WMC-TV) - The U.S. Marshals Service added a north Mississippi woman suspected of killing her child to the 15 Most Wanted Fugitive list.

Janet Barreto is wanted after she failed to appear in Union County in May 2009 for charges of manslaughter of a child, child abuse, child neglect, and witness tampering.

The reward for information leading to her capture stands at $25,000.

A news release states that from 2005 to 2006 Barreto and her husband Ramon are suspected of traveling to Guatemala to purchase children from an adoption agency.

Once back in the United States, investigators allege the children were physically abused, malnourished, and forced to sleep in deplorable conditions.

"Nobody deserves that especially coming from another country to be brought here to be treated that was terrible," said Union County Sheriff Jimmy Edwards recalling the conditions.

In May 2008, the Barretos left their injured daughter, Ena Barreto, at a north Mississippi hospital and said she had fallen from a shopping cart.

The young girl later died at a hospital in Memphis.

An investigation revealed the couple adopted seven other children from Central American countries and were allegedly running a puppy mill.

Investigators hope that the addition to the most wanted list allows for more exposure so the couple can return to face the charges in court.

Ramon Barreto is also wanted in connection with these crimes.

The two have been spotted most recently in California with plans to move to Texas, but investigators said the two could be anywhere.

Both have been featured on America's Most Wanted as recently as April 2012.

In the last 30 years, 220 fugitives were captured after being added to the Top 15 list and they want this suspected killer to be next.

Anyone with information should call the U.S. Marshals Service Communications Center at 1-800-336-0102.

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