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.

Rama October 27, 2012 at 03:48 AM
He should be fried
jennifer October 27, 2012 at 04:58 AM
I think his wife had part in this too poor baby so sad
JDBroomall October 27, 2012 at 04:59 AM
30 mins... gimme 30 mins in a room with this guy and no cameras
CCC October 27, 2012 at 05:26 AM
Calling him an animal is an insult to the creature. How can evil live amongst us .. There is no frickin God. Nothing and nothing will ever heal the scars of the family. May they get strength to cope with this. Every one says kill him, hack him, shred him.. thats not the solution. A evil person like this has to live 100 years, repenting, realizing his mistake every second. That is bigger punishment than killing him in one second. If he does not realize what he has done in due time, then he is mentally ill. Poor child and brave and courageous grand mother. His parents are to blame for giving birth to a monster like him, for raising him as a insensitive evil person.
LG October 27, 2012 at 06:47 AM
Your big round eyes had been haunting me from the day I saw your pic the first day on TV and now it is unbearable to digest the news. Why? Why did this happen? God is cruel at times...
Pavan Reddy October 27, 2012 at 06:50 AM
Pavan Reddy.... Raghu Nandan I guess even god also will not allow you to hell or heaven...Your parents,wife also will say that you are nothing to them....I dont know how god has given you human life...better die yourself..no one will excuse you..You made India to feel shame you blady rascal...I will kill you..He should be killed in same way how he killed grandma and little angel....You are born to devils you ......I will kill you
falco October 27, 2012 at 07:23 AM
To Saanvi - The world is sorry to have let this happen to you. RIP you angel, you deserve better place than this earth. GOD would have wept for you. And to the moron - Death is lesser of a punishment to you. You need to live with all this guilt for rest of your life.
mahi reddy October 27, 2012 at 09:14 AM
god how stupidity it is?
Victor B. Krievins October 27, 2012 at 11:13 AM
Execute this monster. I volunteer to pull the switch!
Bonnie October 27, 2012 at 01:28 PM
My prayers are with the family. I am truly saddened for them and our country. We need to choose as individuals to make a difference. We have a president that promotes envy...that person has more than me and somehow I deserve what they have. It's not FAIR! Don't be bothered by the fact that THEY earned it. Somehow this loser felt entitled to what his "friend" had because in his mind his friend had more than enough. As parents we have taught our children that everyone is our competitor and needs to be knocked down. Cheat if necessary to get ahead...it's all part of the game! We are a devided nation...black v white...man v woman...rich v poor...our president promotes these divisions every day. Wake up to the bigger picture. This poor baby was killed because of pure envy and entitlement!
Randi Moses Aaron October 27, 2012 at 01:48 PM
Randi Moses Aaron October 27, 2012 at 01:50 PM
These horrific crimes do not have the appropriate punishment. The individuals committing these crimes are not humans, they are monsters. There is no ifs, ands, or buts about it, they have no reason to remain alive. It's not like rehabilitation is possible.
Kiran October 27, 2012 at 03:21 PM
This is the best part..... ......allegedly asked the detectives to tell the media that his wife "turned him in" so that she could receive the reward money...... Just put him in the middle of an intersection and blow his head off; he is not worth spending anyone's time and money.
Uday October 27, 2012 at 05:50 PM
RIP baby and the grand-mother. Many prayers to the baby's parents and family. This guy should be given lethal injection, put on an electric chair and thrown in a gas chamber.
B. Strong October 27, 2012 at 05:58 PM
I agree w/ Sierra. We should be ashamed of ourselves. Allowing the murder of babies in utero is just as bad. Hopefully soon our country's leaders can start to respect ALL children and innocent life....."and justice for ALL".
margaret webster October 27, 2012 at 11:38 PM
Mother of One RIP beautiful Saanvi and grandmother. such a senseless act. So sad. We have very sick sick people amongst us. G'mom will protect you over the other side. May God Bless this family as their go thru this mourning period. RIP!!
Jenn F October 28, 2012 at 01:55 AM
My heart grieves for the Venna family--losing a beautiful child and a loving grandmother at the hands of a greedy, selfish inhumane person, I can't begin to imagine the depth of their grief and anger. Prayers for Saanvi and Satyavathi, and especially for the parents of little Saanvi.
Rama Narayana Rao October 28, 2012 at 02:35 AM
Such inhumane persons should be eliminated from this world,putting such persons behind bars (jail) is not the solution...He should be punished like what he did..
Rama Narayana Rao October 28, 2012 at 02:41 AM
Muddu lolike chanti papani champadaniki aa kasai gadiki chetulu elagochayo...my heartfelt condolences to the bereaved family...
Rama Narayana Rao October 28, 2012 at 02:46 AM
Exactly, such persons should be punished like what they did..Then only the deceased souls will be rest in peace..
Rama Narayana Rao October 28, 2012 at 03:01 AM
Well said Prashanti...
Uday October 28, 2012 at 05:41 AM
I just learnt that he is on a visa in the United States. Does the law here deport him back to his country?
No words October 28, 2012 at 06:56 AM
Yh.. He must cry for death.... Cut a piece from his body every day... Starting with his hands..... He must repent all his life for being alive..... Pls god don't let any child die...
shanthi October 28, 2012 at 10:01 AM
How cruel he will be to kill 10 months baby . He should not live this world so plz kill him.
Cherie Baird October 28, 2012 at 11:06 AM
For the love of money is the root of all evil, I doubt this guy had murderous intent, he just didn't expect to encounter 2 strong women that fought for their freedom. May they rest in peace. I'm very cautious of people who appear to love money or covet things, how quickly things can escalate and ruin the lives of many.
teluguhearts October 28, 2012 at 09:35 PM
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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