A 10-month-old baby girl, Saanvi Venna, has been found dead, Fox News reported. Investigators believe the child was murdered during a botched ransom kidnapping.
Baby Saanvi had been missing from her parents’ Pennsylvania apartment since Monday.
Her family and community had hoped the child would be found alive and held vigils for her safe return until the news was delivered on Friday.
Local police, along with the Telugu community, (the child was of Indian descent), had issued a $30,000 reward for any information that would lead to the safe return of the baby on Wednesday. The amount was increased to $50,000 later, and the Federal Bureau of Investigation also joined in the search to bring Saanvi home safely.
Saanvi was abducted from her home between 8 a.m. and 1 p.m. local time on Monday from the family’s home in King of Prussia, according to investigators.
The baby’s paternal grandmother was babysitting the child at the time, but was later found murdered in the apartment.
The grandmother, 61-year-old Satyavathi Venna, came to America from Andhra Pradesh in July and was supposed to return home in January.
Saanvi Vienna’s body was found around 4:30 a.m. on Friday in a suitcase that was stuffed in the basement of a building in the complex where the baby lived.
Raghunandan Yandamuri, a family friend, was arrested for the murders, the Time of India reported.
"The grandmother died trying to save her granddaughter's life, trying to prevent her from being taken," Montgomery County District Attorney Risa Vetri Ferman said.
He had planned to abduct the girl for $50,000.
A handkerchief was stuffed into Saanvi’s mouth, Ferman said.
The grandmother died of cuts to her neck and chest.
Baby Saanvi's parents, father Venkata Konda Siva Venna, and mother Chenchu Latha Punuru, immigrated to the U.S. from India in February 2007.
The couple first lived in San Antonio, Cleveland and then Troy, Mich., before ultimately settling down in the Philadelphia-area suburb in June of this year.