Body of missing Pennsylvania baby found; suspect arrested
A copy of the reward poster put out after Saanvi Venna went missing earlier this week.
October 26th, 2012
02:08 PM ET

Body of missing Pennsylvania baby found; suspect arrested

Missing 10-month-old Saanvi Venna was found dead Friday morning, and a friend of her family's has been arrested and charged in her and her grandmother's killings, a Pennsylvania prosecutor said Friday.

Raghu Yandamuri is facing other charges ,including robbery, kidnapping, abuse of a corpse and theft, Montgomery County District Attorney Risa Vetri Ferman said at a press conference. The suspect was planning on kidnapping the child and holding her for ransom, Ferman said.

The baby was reported missing Monday after the body of her grandmother, Satayvathi Venna, 61, was found in her King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, apartment.

"We believe the initial effort was to kidnap the child, not to commit the killings, but that changed very quickly," Ferman said.

She said the baby was suffocated with a handkerchief in her mouth and was stuffed in a suitcase.

The baby's body was found in a sauna in a gym in the basement of the apartment complex where the baby's family and the suspect both lived, Ferman said.

Yandamuri acted supportive of the family during the search for the baby, showing up at a vigil and helping hand out fliers seeking information on the missing child, Ferman said.

When the baby was taken, 10 copies of a ransom note demanding $50,000 were left behind,  she said.

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soundoff (233 Responses)
  1. DaveNYUSA

    And WHY is it you don't believe in the death penalty?

    October 28, 2012 at 8:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ryan

      Because it's barbaric and uncivilized.

      People who commit these heinous crimes get to rot in prison. To take their life makes us no better than they.

      October 28, 2012 at 10:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • brandon

      I don't think it's barbaric. But i do agree that sometimes a life in prison is worst than death, however sometimes it's not. Some people have no problem with it. Either way keeping these people alive also creates problems of over crowding prisons and the fact that tax payers are paying to keep murders alive. I'd kind of rather just keep the death penalty, especially since people are fully aware of what the consequences are prior to committing their crime. However this.particular case will probably not result in that since it was not a planned murder

      October 29, 2012 at 3:35 am | Report abuse |
    • 63secondsleft

      Brandon: it costs ten times more to execute a person than it does to house them in jail from the day they turn 18 until they're 80. Ridiculous but true.

      November 5, 2012 at 9:37 pm | Report abuse |
  2. ogre12

    The man who did this terrible thing is evil enough said. He should pay the full penalty of the law here on earth. Any judgment after that is between him and HIM. Looking at all the prior posts I see it seems to be mostly racially based..fact is this is a PEOPLE thing not a RACE thing. May God forgive us all. This little child now has joy that could never possibly be provided in this wicked world by even the most loving father and mother.

    October 28, 2012 at 8:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • Catherine

      well said...hell here on earth..

      October 28, 2012 at 8:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • Justice4America

      Ogre12, I agree with you. The baby is in a better place having fun with our heavenly Father.
      And all of you assuming that only foreigners commit crimes in this Country, you are very wrong. Hate is inherent in our country's culture. Most people change once they come here and assimilate our culture. We kill each other over little things everyday. This is why our Prison system is not only overcrowded, in some states, it is overcrowded with innocent minorities. and innocent poor whites. Who have been convicted simply, because of their race and their economic background

      November 1, 2012 at 4:51 pm | Report abuse |
  3. desiCitizen

    Media coverage on SAANVI and horrible crime committed was none . This is biased coverage.

    SAANVI and her granny.. RIP.

    October 28, 2012 at 8:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • Death Penalty for All Child Killers

      Yes, I agree. I heard zero about this awful story until now... I don't have the whole heaven/hell thing figured out but I'm confident that there is a special place in hell for child killers and that any little one who dies is also in a safe, loving, and wonderful Place. RIP little one, and your grandma, too. 😦 Very sad.

      October 29, 2012 at 11:12 am | Report abuse |
  4. lekha

    RIP Baby Saanvi and her Grand Mother...all the Indian community was very moved by this .
    what infuriates me is that CNN never covered this when the baby was still missing for 4 days and everyone was hoping she was alive some where, there was an Amber Alert and even the FBI was involved.
    I was hoping at least once in news they would show her picture but nope... May be it was not as interesting as the other stories of missing kids...

    October 28, 2012 at 11:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • DeeDee

      That's America for you. So many good things, but also many horrible things as well. This is the first I've even heard of this story. It seriously saddens me, regardless of race, nationality or creed. These are two human beings that had their lives stolen from them. What a beautiful baby! My heart goes out to the family and pray God give them strength and peace.

      October 30, 2012 at 7:45 am | Report abuse |
  5. Charlotte

    Wow doesn't matter what color the killers skin is, nor does it matter what faith he follows. What matters is that he took the life of two innocent people and he should pay for that. Whether he rots in prison for the rest of his life, or he gets the death penalty, he deserves what ever is handed out to him.

    October 29, 2012 at 9:10 am | Report abuse |
  6. mad black woman

    This is why we should have electricution lottery.... The tickets should go on sake immediately.......this will give the winner the option of choosing ,,firing squad. Electricution,,torcher ,,leathal injection of any criminal who takes an innocent persons life, ill be the first to buy a ticket and hopefully ill get the winning ticketx2,,,

    October 29, 2012 at 10:31 am | Report abuse |
    • DeeDee

      Sounds good – but what about the ones wrongly accused? They find out years later through newly submitted DNA evidence that it was someone else that committed the crime. What do you tell their families? "Oh, by the way, sorry we executed your dad/father/son, our bad...."

      October 30, 2012 at 7:48 am | Report abuse |
  7. Kayla

    What Raghu did was a nast cruel thing.I think the suspect should be charged with death penalty.I also fell bad for the family because they where friends and you deside to kill there baby?! and steal a dead body!Who ever would do something as nast as that is truely sick.And come on you realy think thats okay to steal the dead body of the baby's grandmother?If i was there friend i would kiss them good BYE ! Like for ever... Get my on house and go to court to file a report and for them to keep the suspect away form my family.

    October 29, 2012 at 5:50 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Dave

    Useful info. Fortunate me I discovered your website by accident, and I am stunned why this coincidence did not came about earlier! I bookmarked it.

    October 29, 2012 at 5:53 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Abby

    This is horrible. First of all, to harm such a young girl in such a terrible way is awful enough. But then to leave notes asking for money to get the child back after she is already dead? And lastly, to pretend to be supportive when you are the one who did this to her? I do not understand how people can be so heartless. Babies are so young and do not deserve to be abused or treated badly in any way, especially when they cannot defend themselves. There are too many stories these days are people doing such cruel things.

    October 30, 2012 at 12:42 am | Report abuse |
  10. Michael McGonigle

    I can't believe you made this statement:

    "especially since people are fully aware of what the consequences are prior to committing their crime".

    I can only think you have not actually thought about this so I will refrain from calling you stupid at this time, but this is totally moronic, even for the most ignorant.

    Please give this a small amount of thought and you will realize where you have failed in logic for you are not considering how or why people actually commit violent crime. You have imposed your own rationality upon them. Huge mistake.

    October 30, 2012 at 3:30 am | Report abuse |
  11. eyetweaks

    Immediate public execution upon conviction, hangem in the town Square!

    October 30, 2012 at 8:03 am | Report abuse |
  12. Kat

    murderers should not get a trial or a chance to defend themselves...especially when the crime is commited against little children who have no way to defend themselves... I SURE HOPE HE GETS LIFE IN PRISON LIKE SOME PEOPLE DO THAT COMMIT A LESSER CRIME!!!! What a beautiful little girl.

    November 2, 2012 at 2:56 pm | Report abuse |
  13. broken_record

    Your country ? The one you stole from Native americans ?

    November 8, 2012 at 11:37 am | Report abuse |
  14. Esmerelda

    Right you are but the deed is done. My neighborhood because it's a modestly priced one in an expensive area has become a Section 8 slum. As a Senior I have no means to move but am contemplating an RV if I can figurea way to pay for one to get out of this East Coast hellhole which is the 3rd richest county in the USA. The police refuse to enforce Civil laws which would at least help life be "civil" the purpose of these laws. DUH!

    November 10, 2012 at 10:21 am | Report abuse |
  15. PorterRockwell

    Seriously?? This is a sickening story about a murdered baby and turns into more BS politics. Sad

    November 13, 2012 at 11:13 am | Report abuse |
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