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Janet Barreto, Once Most-Wanted Fugitive, Dies in Custody

JACKSON, 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 has died.

Janet Barreto, 43, died of natural causes Wednesday at Central Mississippi Medical Center in Jackson, prison officials said. Barreto was currently serving a 25 year sentence for the death of her adopted 2-year-old daughter.

Barreto and her husband, Ramon Barreto, were captured in Portland, Oregon in August after running from police for five years, when they failed to appear for trial.

The Barretos also illegally adopted eight other Guatemalan children that they brutally abused.

On Sept. 29, Janet Barreto pleaded guilty to six counts of child endangerment, three counts of child abuse and one count of manslaughter.

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