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Saanvi Venna's Body Found

The 10-month-old had been missing since Monday. A family friend has been charged in the murders of the child and her grandmother, who reportedly attacked the would-be kidnapper as he tried to take her granddaughter.

The body of Saanvi Venna, the 10-month-old girl who disappeared from the Marquis Apartments in King of Prussia on Monday following the murder of her grandmother, was found at about 4:30 a.m. Friday in a sauna room inside the apartment complex, Montgomery County District Attorney Risa Ferman said.

Raghunandan Yandamuri, 26, described by Ferman as a friend of the Venna family, has been charged in the murders of Saanvi and Satyavathi Venna. Ferman said Yandamuri told authorities that he intended to kidnap the child and hold her for $50,000 ransom.

See this article's photo section to see a copy of the ransom note.

"He believed the family was of sufficient means to pay that ransom," Ferman said.

As he was leaving the scene of the elder Venna's murder, Ferman said, Yandamuri "suffocated" the baby with a handkerchief and placed her in a suitcase, later disposing of the body.

The chillingly detailed ransom note allegedly left by Yandamuri threatened that Saanvi would be "cut into pieces" and have her body parts "thrown into your apartments" if the family informed anyone of the abduction.

Ferman said that Yandamuri also lived at the Marquis apartments and had known the Venna family "socially" since the summer.

Ferman said authorities believe that Yandamuri did not initially intend to kill the victims and that he had appeared as a support figure for the family in the days since the killing, going so far as to post "missing" fliers for Saanvi Venna.

Suspect said grandmother attacked him as he attempted to take baby

According to an affidavit filed by Upper Merion Det. Andrew Rathfon and Montgomery County Det. Paul Bradbury, the use of the Indian diminutives "shiva" and "lata" in the ransom note helped lead authorities to believe that the note's author was someone familiar with the family.

Authorities first interviewed Yandamuri on Thursday, the day after he attended a vigil held in support of the family. He initially denied being involved in the killings but later admitted to them, the affidavit states.

According to the detectives, Yandamuri said he went to work on Monday and used his work computer to prepare the ransom note. He reportedly told the detectives that he arrived at the apartment at about 11 a.m. Monday, armed with a four-inch kitchen knife.

Satyavathi Venna answered the door. She initially retreated when threatened with the knife, but then "came at" Yandamuri after he picked up the baby. During the ensuing struggle, Saanvi fell from his grip and he fell on top of her. It was then that the elder Venna was wounded in the throat, Yandamuri allegedly told detectives.

When Saanvi began crying, Yandamuri allegedly said, he "stuffed" a handkerchief in her mouth to make her stop, and wrapped a bath towel around her head to hold the handkerchief in place. He then described placing her inside a suitcase he found inside the apartment before disposing of her body in the steam room of the men's bathroom inside the apartment complex's gymnasium.

Wanted wife to receive reward for "turning him in"

A $30,000 reward for information leading to Saanvi Venna's safe return was posted on Wednesday. It was later increased to $50,000.

According to the detectives' affidavit, Yandamuri allegedly asked the detectives to tell the media that his wife "turned him in" so that she could receive the reward money.

Yandamuri is being charged with first-degree murder, second-degree murder, kidnapping, burglary, robbery, abuse of corpse, and other offenses.

teluguhearts October 28, 2012 at 09:35 PM
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greiver October 29, 2012 at 04:00 PM
Saanvi is TOOOOOO CUTE and PRECIOUS for this evil world. This ugly world with such henious people is not a place for an angel like her, may be that is why God took her to his side. Even God must have not realized what an angle she is going to be when he put life in her at birth and later realized she is tooo cute an angle to be in this bad world. hmmm....I wish Saanvi's parents could give birth to another child soon (though it is too hard), name the baby Saanvi too if it is a baby girl. May be that way they will get some peace of mind. If this could really happen(if they can have another child) the baby will be a BABY for the whole community and all the well wishers of Venna's and have all of their blessings. What human words an console them and give them strength? May God just for one minute concentrate all his power, might and compassion and give that to the parents. Only GOD can heal them no one else and I am sure he WILL bless them 10 folds of their loss. May his AMAZING power and peace be with Venna's all through their lives.
Shashidhar Reddy October 30, 2012 at 01:32 AM
Very sad. This only makes one wonder where this world is heading? What happened to his basic human values? I could only wish God had put a grain size of Intelligence into this Monsters brain. RIP Saanvi & Grandmaa.
John November 01, 2012 at 02:42 PM
If it were upto me .. i would suggest burying him alive in the deepest darkest place on earth where every minute that he dies he would recall his monstrous act and the effect of it everybody while the world above no longer needs to worry about the existence of such evil and could breath easy, now that the evil is casted back to hell.
John November 01, 2012 at 03:01 PM
"Wonder why he wanted 50 K so badly" The guy was an gambling addict. Filed bankcruptcy in 09. Lost $50K in gambling within a year of time. Was married recently to his long time girlfriend who is by the way pregnant now. Had a decent job. i guess he wanted to get the big bucks within a small amount of time to clear his debt. What an Ahole.

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