Report By: Nina Rai
Pennysylvania, Oct. 26, 2012:
In a horrific development, a 10-month-old baby girl, abducted in Pennsylvania after her babysitting grandmother was murdered, has been found dead today at around 4:30 a.m., as per latest reports.
One person, Raghunandan Yandamuri, who resides in the apartment complex, has been taken into custody by the police in connection with the Indian-origin toddler and her grandmother’s death.
Preliminary police report suggests Yandamuri initially wanted to only abduct baby Saanvi Venna and to hold her for ransom. A ransom note demanding $50,000 has also been discovered in Yandamuri's apartment by the investigators.
According to Risa Vetri-Ferman, Montgomery County District Attorney, the baby was suffocated to death and her body stuffed into a bag found hidden inside a sauna in a bathroom in the basement of one of the other buildings at the Marquis Apartments.
Meanwhile, the suspect in this horrific killing is expected to be arraigned on Friday afternoon. Saanvi Venna was last seen with her grandmother Satyavathi Venna, 61, who was babysitting her.
The grandmother had been visiting from India since July and was staying with her son Venkata Konda Siva Venna and his wife, Chenchu Latha Punuru, the baby’s parents, in their home in King of Prussia, Pa.
It was last Monday when Satyavathi was found dead, with lacerations on her neck and chest, and the baby was found missing. The Montgomery County coroner ruled the case of Satyavathi a homicide on Thursday.
Apparently, Satyavathi was killed by unidentified assailants when she tried to resist the abduction of her granddaughter. Venkata Konda Siva Venna, on finding his mother’s dead body and realizing his baby was missing on Monday, informed the police just before 5 p.m.
Soon thereafter the investigators issued an Amber Alert. A reward of $30,000 was also announced by the police for any information leading to the safe return of the child. It was on Thursday further increased to $50,000.
According to the police Siva Venna hurried back home from work to check on the pair after he got a call from a worried relative who was not able to reach them. At the time of the grandmother’s killing and abduction of Sanna Venna, the baby’s mother Chenchu Latha Punuru at work, informed the police.
The parents of the deceased toddler had emigrated from India in 2007 and had earlier resided in San Antonio Texas, Troy, Mich., and Cleveland Ohio. It was in June of this year that they had moved to King of Prussia in Pennsylvania.
Opinion: This shocking incident is clearly one of kidnapping for ransom gone horribly wrong. But what is more appalling in the case is that the suspect was known to the family, actually a friend of the family from Andhra Pradesh in India, who allegedly committed this crime for money. The court documents clearly shows that Raghunandan Yandamuri, a fellow Telugite was someone who had also volunteered to support the family during the search for the missing toddler.
The suspect, pretending to be a sympathizer, printed fliers and distributing them around in order that the baby be found. He made a show of offering support and went to the police station during the course of the search operations. He even had the gall to attend the vigil organized for the missing baby and in the memory of the grandmother Satyavathi Venna who he is alleged to have murdered.
After this high-profile drama by the suspect, what did he gain? He took away two lives, one of an innocent toddler who had not even seen the world properly. Today, he stands horribly exposed as he faces charges of murder, kidnapping, robbery, burglary, theft and abuse of a corpse. The loss is for the family of the child and the grandmother, how will they ever recover from the loss of their loved ones? Most importantly how will they ever get over the shock of being betrayed by someone they considered a family friend? Hope the killer get the maximum sentence for his heinous crime.
Source: NBC News/Zee News
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