Janet Barreto pleads guilty, sentenced to 25 years
NEW ALBANY, Miss. —A woman accused of leaving her severely injured 2-year-old daughter at a hospital and keeping other adopted children in putrid conditions has been sentenced to 25 years in prison.
Janet Barreto on Monday pleaded guilty in Union County Circuit Court to six counts of child endangerment, three counts of child abuse and one count of manslaughter. She was sentenced to 60 years with 35 years suspended.
Following her original indictment in 2008, she and her husband Ramon Barreto fled. They were arrested in August in Portland, Oregon.
They left 2-year-old Ena Barreto at a northern Mississippi hospital in 2008, saying she had fallen from a shopping cart. The girl died at a children's hospital in Memphis, Tennessee
Ramon Barreto remains in jail awaiting trial on a 10-count indictment in the case.