Missing Baby Saanvi Venna's Body Found & Suspected Killer Is Close Family Friend

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Saavni VennaIn a month that's brought us the tragic deaths of young girls Jessica Ridgeway and Autumn Pasquale, we have another bit of sad news. Little Saanvi Venna, the 10-month-old who was abducted while her grandmother was babysitting in Pennsylvania this week, has been found. And like her murdered grandmother, Satyavathi Venna, the little girl is dead.

But unlike Ridgeway or Pasquale, the person cops have arrested isn't some stranger. No, Raghunandan Yandamuri, the man police say murdered Saanvi's grandmother when he tried to abduct her, then later murdered the little girl, was someone the Venna family thought was their friend.

I honestly can't say which is worse: to have some stranger come along and destroy life as you know it or to have the person who rips the fabric of your life apart be someone you know, someone you trusted.

Neither makes any sense, but there's something insidious about the latter, isn't there? To think that someone you have been around many times before was thinking dark thoughts about you while you were carrying on like normal? To think that this person, this so-called friend, could see your life up close and personal and still have a compunction about destroying it? 

Yandamuri lived just a few floors down from Venkata Konda Siva Venna and his wife, Chenchu Latha Punuru. He had seen the couple with their two kids. He knew that they were a family.

Yet cops say Yandamuri kidnapped Saanvi because he hoped to get a ransom from her family. He thought the parents -- who were both software engineers -- would cough up $50,000 for the 10-month-old, and he left a note demanding the money in the family apartment. But something seems to have gone wrong during the actual kidnapping. When Saanvi's grandmother put up a fight for the baby -- because really, what grandmother wouldn't? -- he allegedly killed her. Then cops say he suffocated Saanvi and stuffed her body in a suitcase.

And through all this, he had to know what he was doing to these people, these people who to him weren't nameless and faceless but were actually neighbors, "friends" even. That's a kind of evil that is unmatchable.

Have you been following this case? What do you think of the "friend" who is accused here?


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nonmember avatar Lilac

What a sad end but it sounds like they were more acquaintances and not come over for a cup of coffee friends.

Maias... MaiasMommy619

I have been following this case and it breaks my heart to think about what the victims and even the family must have went thru. May God rest their souls. I know he will rot in hell for what he has done... No doubt about that!

nonmember avatar Dinipc

If the moron entered to kidnap the baby, and the grandmother was baby-sitting - he would have to kill the granny to be able to get away. So, you murder someone for just $50,000 when you yourself are a software engineer?

Next, after murdering the lady, you get hold of this baby, leave a ransom note and soon after suffocate and dump her? What did you expect the baby to do - not cry?

Third, even if the baby is killed, you did all of this for the 50k bucks - which you do not go out and collect at the time / place pre-determined by you. So what did you do all this for really?

Essentially, this man is a total moron - or he did what he did under severe duress that clouded his thinking.

I am not condoning his crimes - he deserves the severest of punishments possible - but there has to be a rationale to explain such shoddily committed crimes, that will hopefully help reduce their occurence.

nonmember avatar Melissa

It's sick and sad. You just never know who you can trust.

Amit Kumar


nonmember avatar Fg2009

If he's a greencard holder he can be deported...

Tendr... TendrelovinMaMa

Those poor parents I can't imagine the sadness and grief they are feeling. I will never be OK with the phrase or phrases. "Baby killed" " baby murdered ".

Maias... MaiasMommy619

Wow... The story gets deeper and deeper Amit!!!

tuffy... tuffymama

HOLY SMOKES Amit Kumar! Wow. That's definitely more story than we've gotten in the news stateside.

thanush thanush

Don't believe in the Indian newspapers. They madeup lies and a whole other story about the murderer was after jwellery and the heroic grandma who died trying to protect her grand child got killed because she refused to part with jwellery!!! The African American part of the story in the Indian newspaper too is BS. (So much ignorance!)
The FBI or the family never suspected that it was an AA. The ransom note used father's and mother's nicknames 'Shiva' and 'Latha', that was known only to close friends and family. So a close friend/family was the suspects from begining. 

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