The body of missing 10-month-old Saanvi Venna has been found and a family friend, Raghunandan Yandamuri, has been arrested and charged with her murder, as well as the slaying of the girl’s grandmother.
The affadavit for Yandamuri’s arrest stated that, after he confessed to the crime, he asked that police say his wife turned him in, so that she could claim the cash reward for the baby girl’s return, reports NBC News.
The body of Saanvi Venna was found overnight, according to a police statement on Friday. Her grandmother, Satyavathi Venna, 61, was found dead on Monday in the family’s apartment in King of Prussia, Pennsylvania.
Yandamuri, 26, lives in the same apartment complex as the murdered girl’s family. He has been arrested and charged with first and second degree murder, kidnapping, and burglary, notes CBS News. Police believe that the case is one of kidnapping and ransom gone wrong.
A ransom note was found close to Satyavathi Venna’s body on Monday, in which the kidnapper demanded $50,000 for the return of the 10-month-old baby girl. The message said:
“If you want your daughter alive and safe, follow our instructions carefully. Any cunning act from anyone of you will lead to your daughter’s death.”
The note called for the money to be delivered by 8 pm the same day. An Amber Alert was issued for the young girl just befor 5 pm on Monday.
The writer of the ransom note used “Shiva” and “Lata” for Saanvi’s parents, both of which are nicknames known to a handful of people. One of those people, Yandamuri, first told detectives that he had no idea who was responsible for the crime. He even attended a vigil and helped print missing posters for the 10-month-old girl.
On Thursday, Yandamuri admitted that he was responsible for both killings. He explained to police that he stabbed Saanvi’s grandmother with a kitchen knife, then stuffed a handkerchief into the young girl’s mouth to keep her from crying. He put her in a blue suitcase, which he later stuck inside the sauna at the apartment complex’s gym.