A Mississippi couple on the run for five years from manslaughter charges stemming from the death of their adopted 2-year-old daughter was arrested in an Oregon shopping mall with an infant in tow, authorities said on Wednesday.
Janet and Ramon Barreto, who were on the U.S. Marshals Service "15 Most Wanted" list, were charged in 2008 with manslaughter, child neglect, child abuse and tampering with a witness in connection with the death of Enna Barreto and the suspected abuse of six other children.
The couple, who fled from Union County in northern Mississippi while free on $450,000 bond, had eluded capture despite having been spotted a handful of times in recent years, including in California and Mexico, authorities said.
"Getting so close multiple times and them being able to get away was the lows, but it's definitely one of the high points to know they're in custody and they're going to be brought back to face justice," said Union County Sheriff Jimmy Edwards.
Authorities raided the Barreto home in 2008, acting on a tip that their adopted daughter had been abused after she was treated and later died at a Tennessee hospital.
In addition to gathering evidence of manslaughter and child abuse, authorities have accused the couple of operating a puppy mill, with more than 180 dogs, 25 cats and several ducks in various conditions found on their property.
The couple was added to the U.S. Marshals Service Most Wanted list last year.
The infant under their care in Oregon has been placed in protective custody, authorities said.