News Alert!!: Maywood, CA: United States Marshals Service searching for 2 wanted suspects.
A manhunt for a couple who are wanted in connection with the killing of their 2 year old daughter in Mississippi comes in Maywood, California and surrounding cities in Los Angeles County, California.
According to United States Marshals Service Tony Burke, Janet Barreto and Ramon Barreto may have been seen as recently as last weekend in Maywood, California after the fugitive couple was allegedly spotted in the area selling cars and DVD’s as well as may have been living out of a car and friends’ homes in the area.
Authorities began looking for the couple after Janet Barreto failed to appear on charges of manslaughter of a child, three counts of child abuse, six counts of child neglect and tampering with a witness.
When authorities entered the Barretos’ home in Oxford, Mississippi, 4 years ago, they uncovered a den of alleged child abuse.
Janet Barreto and Ramon Barreto are suspected of traveling to Guatemala on multiple occasions to purchase children from a local adoption agency. Upon returning to the United States, the children were allegedly physically abused, malnourished, and forced to sleep in deplorable conditions, including beds with plywood bottoms.
The children were allegedly punished with beatings and occasionally duct-taped to their beds, punched in the stomach and forced to endure having their heads submerged under water.
Authorities are saying that in 2008, the abuse led to the death of one of their adopted children who is a 2 year old girl.
When the girl was taken to a hospital with severe injuries, they initially told authorities in May 2008 that she had fallen from a shopping cart.
According to United States Marshals Service Tony Burke, the couple may had operated puppy mills in Southern California and sold dogs in the communities of Bakersfield, California and Blythe, California.
The United States Marshals Service has placed Janet Barreto on the agency’s 15 Most Wanted List.
Janet Barreto was originally arrested in May 2008 and released in December 2008 on bond.
In March 2009, Janet Barreto was re-arrested for tampering with a witness and released on bond again.
2 months later in May 2009, Janet Barreto failed to appear for her trial on the charges of child endangerment, child abuse and manslaughter.
According to United States Marshals Service Tony Burke, Janet Barreto and Ramon Barreto has ties to Mexico and is known to travel south of the border.
A reward of up to $25,000 is offered for information leading directly to their arrest.
Janet Barreto is 37 year old and is described as being about 5 feet, 5 inches tall and weighing about 300 pounds. She has black hair but sometimes wear blond wigs. She is also known to use the names Victoria or Vicky.
Ramon Barreto is 34 year old and is described as of similar height, but weighs about 140 pounds. He is also known to use the names Ramiro, Juan, and Christian.
Anyone with information is urged to contact the nearest United States Marshals office or the United States Marshals Service Communications Center at: 1 (800) 336-0102.