Janet and Ramon Barreto are accused in the death of their 2-year-old adopted daughter.
(WMC-TV) – Your help is needed to track down a fugitive couple who fled Mississippi after being charged in connection to the death of their 2-year-old adopted daughter.
In 2008, Janet and Ramon Barreto left their severely injured daughter at a northern Mississippi hospital. They told doctors the little girl had fallen from a shopping cart. She was immediately taken to a hospital in Memphis, where she later died.
The couple was arrested and charged with manslaughter.
During the investigation, it was revealed the Barreto's adopted seven other children, all younger than 5 years old. When they were arrested, their 3 year old adopted child weighed only 20 pounds.
Investigators also found the couple was running a puppy mill, which housed hundreds of sick and injured animals. All of the dogs were crammed into cages that were filled with feces.
After posting $450,000 in bond for each of them, the couple fled.
Detectives say Janet and Ramon Barreto have ties to Mississippi, California, Texas, Florida, and Mexico. The two had been spotted as recently as this past summer.
The couple has sold and may still be selling small dogs to people on the street and through ads posted on websites.
They have also been featured on America's Most Wanted.
Janet Barreto is described as a white woman, about 5'5" tall, weighing more than 300 pounds. She speaks English and Spanish and uses several aliases, including Victoria and Vicky.
Janet is diabetic and is known to visit clinics for insulin. She reportedly wears black clothing and has thin, black hair. She is known to wear blonde and red wigs.
Ramon Barreto is described as a Hispanic man, about 5'5" tall, weighing about 137 pounds. He only speaks Spanish.
A cash reward of up to $2,500 is being offered for information leading to the arrest of both Janet and Ramon.
If you have any information about these fugitives, you are asked to contact the U.S. Marshals Office at any of the following numbers:
• U.S. Marshals Service Communications Center at 1-800-336-0102 or
• Deputy U.S. Marshal Gale Manning at 662-816-3013 (English speakers)
• Deputy U.S. Marshal David Dominguez at 213-798-6446 (Spanish speakers)