Search still on for missing Barreto couple

By Pasty R. Brumfield/NEMS Daily Journal

NEW ALBANY – The Barretos are still on the lam.
U.S. Marshal Gale Manning said Wednesday his law enforcement agency continues to look for Janet and Ramon Barreto of Union County, who apparently left their home near New Albany during early May to avoid prison time in the death of an adopted daughter.
“It’s just a waiting game now,” Manning said. “We think we’ve got everything covered. Maybe we’ll get a call.”
Janet Barreto, 37, and her husband Ramon, 30, were free on $450,000 bond each when they slipped below the radar.
District Attorney Ben Creekmore and other law enforcement put out an appeal for information to find them.
Ten months ago, a Union County grand jury indicted the couple on 10 counts including child endangerment, felony child abuse and manslaughter by culpable negligence.
They were arrested after the May 19, 2008, death of their 2-year-old adopted daughter, Ena. An autopsy revealed she died from severe head and lower body trauma.
Six weeks later, Janet Barreto’s biological daughter, Marainna Torres, admitted to killing the child in a fit of rage over having to care for her and six other young children the couple adopted from Guatemala.
Authorities realized the Barretos were gone May 6 when they failed to appear for Janet Barreto’s arraignment on a new charge that she threatened Marainna, a potential witness at trial. The new charge nullified a plea deal being worked out between their attorney, Tony Farese, and Creekmore. Farese is no longer the Barretos’ attorney.
If convicted on all counts, the Barretos face 50 years to life in prison.
None of their adopted children is with them, Sheriff’s Investigator Jimmy Edwards said.

Contact Patsy R. Brumfield at (662) 678-1596 or patsy.brumfield@djournal.com.