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Illegally Adopting and Abusing her Kids; Janet Barreto Pleads Guilty

NEW ALBANY, Miss.- A Union County woman who ran from police for more than five years and was the only woman on the U.S. Marshall’s Service 15 Most Wanted List is now headed to prison.

Janet Barreto, 43, was in court Monday on charges of six counts of child endangerment, three counts of felony child abuse and manslaughter.

WTVA reported, Barreto plead guilty to 10 counts of an 11 count indictment during a hearing in Union County Circuit Court.

The Barretos were wanted for the manslaughter death of their 2-year old adopted daughter, and for illegally adopting 8 other Guatemalan children that they abused by binding them to the bed with duct tape, punching them in their stomachs and holding their heads under water.

Following her original indictment in 2008, she and her husband, Ramon, fled the county, but both were finally captured and arrested last month in Portland, Oregon.

Prosecutors retired a charge of tampering with a witness.

Janet Barreto was sentenced to 25 years in prison, five years’ probation and must pay $30,000 in fines to Union County.

Ramon Barreto is currently in jail awaiting his trial on a 10-count indictment in the case.

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