Suspected Child Murderer Added to U.S. Marshals Most Wanted

Suspected Child Murderer Added to U.S. Marshals Most Wanted

A woman wanted in Mississippi for the reported abuse and murder of her adopted children is now on the U.S. Marshals 15 Most Wanted list.
MEMPHIS, TN (localmemphis.com) - A woman wanted in Mississippi for the reported abuse and murder of her adopted children is now on the U.S. Marshals 15 Most Wanted list.

Janet Killough Barreto is wanted on charges of manslaughter and multiple counts of child endangerment and neglect involving their eight adopted children. Janet and her husband, Ramon Barreto, dropped off 2-year-old Ena at a north Mississippi hospital in May 2008, saying she had fallen from a shopping cart. The toddler was transported to a children's hospital in Memphis where she later died.

Investigators found the Barretos had adopted seven other children from Central America, all under the age of five; one 3-year-old child only weighed 20 pounds. The children were allegedly physically abused, malnourished and forced to sleep in deplorable conditions to include beds with plywood bottoms. The children were purportedly often punished with beatings and on various occasions duct-taped to their beds, punched in the stomach and forced to endure having their heads submerged under water. They also discovered the Barretos were operating a puppy mill, with hundreds of sick and injured animals in cages filled with feces.

Her husband is also wanted in connection with the crimes, and they are believed to have ties in Mexico, California, Florida, Nevada, Tennessee and Texas.

Janet Barreto is described as a white female, 5 feet 5 inches tall, weighing more than 300 pounds. She has been known to go by several aliases: Janet Killough, Janet Torres, Jeanie Seale, Dealie Harris, Victoria Lopez, Vicky Lopez, Vicky Ulloa, Vicky Christian, Vicky Smith, and Vicky Sara Ulloa.

Ramon Barreto is described as a Hispanic male, 5 feet 5 inches tall, weighing approximately 137 pounds. Janet speaks English and Spanish, while Ramon speaks only Spanish.

A reward of up to $25,000 is offered for information leading directly to Barreto’s arrest. Anyone with information is urged to contact the nearest U.S. Marshals office or the U.S. Marshals Service Communications Center at 1-800-336-0102.
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