October 26, 2012 · 0 Comments
Saanvi Venna, the 10-month-old baby of Indian origin has been found killed, according to reports in the US media.
Saanvi had gone missing from her home in Pennsylvania since Monday. Saanvi’s grandmother Satyavathamma, 61, who was babysitting the child, was murdered by her abductor. The killing of baby has plunged her family in Andhra Pradesh’s Guntur district in gloom.
According to information reaching the family Friday night, Y. Raghu, said to be a relative of the victims, kidnapped Saani Venna after murdering her grandmother Satyavathi Venna, 61.
The family was shocked on hearing the news of the infant’s tragic killing by Raghu, who had demanded a ransom of $50,000.
According to information reaching the family in Guntur, about 300 km from here, Philadelphia police cracked the case with the arrest of Raghu, who confessed to killing both the child and her grandmother.
Dispute over property reportedly led to the ghastly crime. The family was initially suspecting the involvement of African Americans.
Satyavathi was slain and Sravani was kidnapped at a suburban apartment in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania state on Monday afternoon. The woman had gone to the US in July this year to look after her granddaughter. She was babysitting the child when unidentified people broke into the flat.
A man of Indian origin — Raghunandan Yandamuri — has been arrested in connection with Saanvi’s kidnapping and murder. Ferman said Raghunandan told authorities that he kidnapped the child for $50,000 ransom. She said that he “suffocated” the baby with a handkerchief as he was leaving the apartment after killing the baby’s grandmother. He then put her body in a suitcase and later disposed it.
The father, Ramprasad Reddy, and mother, Ch. Latha, both software professionals, were away in office.
Before leaving the flat with the kidnapped child, Raghu had left a note demanding a ransom. The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), which had also joined the investigations into the sensational crime, was tight-lipped about the ransom demand so that the child could be rescued.
The Telugu community in the US had announced an award of $30,000 for information about the infant.
According to district attorney Risa Vetri Ferman, the body of Satyavathi Venna, the paternal grandmother of Saanvi, was discovered inside the apartment.
She was babysitting the child. The grandmother had arrived in the US from Indian in July 2012 and was scheduled to return home in January 2013.
The parents of the child Venkata Konda Siva Venna and Chenchu Latha Punuru emigrated from India in February 2007 and have previously lived in San Antonio Texas, Troy Michigan, and Cleveland Ohio.
In June 2012, they moved to King of Prussia in Pennsylvania.
The double tragedy has shocked Satyavathi’s husband Venna Konda Reddy, who retired as a mandal education officer in Prakasam district, also in south coastal Andhra Pradesh.
Meanwhile, Telugu Association of North America (TANA) said the body of Satyavathi would be flown home Monday.