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U.S. Marshals Service goes door to door looking for Mid-South fugitives

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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.

(WMC-TV) - A U.S. Marshals Service task force was going door to door in a mostly Hispanic community in California this week asking residents for help finding a fugitive Mid-South couple, according to NBC Los Angeles.

More than 70 investigators working with the U.S. Marshalls Service were handing out fliers on a manhunt for Janet and Ramon Barreto. In early June, U.S. Marshals Service added Janet 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. Her husband, Ramon Barreto, is also wanted in connection with these crimes.

A news release stated 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 rescued 180 dogs and cats from their home.

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

According to NBC Los Angeles, members of North Mississippi's Fugitive Task Force were dispatched to California to help in the manhunt. Authorities believe the couple is desperate for money, selling DVD's and puppies out of their vehicle for cash.

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