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)

    these people that we have to surport in our prisons is gross. these type of crimes should be death.. like the old days let them suffer with no food or no water and then hang them after an amount of time..

    November 14, 2012 at 12:29 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Scramblor

    Why did the family offer a reward for the same amount as the ransom? why not just pay the ransom?

    November 19, 2012 at 2:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • Meggi Moo

      You really think that because they pay the randsom their child still wouldn't end up dead? Have you ever heard of a honest kidnapper?

      November 22, 2012 at 11:31 am | Report abuse |
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