Saanvi Venna Murder: Father of slain Pa. baby urges faith in humanity

Saanvi Venna
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(CBS/AP) NORRISTOWN, Pa. - The father of Saanvi Venna, the suburban Philadelphia baby killed along with her grandmother in an apparently botched ransom scheme, says the tragic deaths should not diminish supporters' faith in humanity.

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The Philadelphia Inquirer reports Venkata Venna told community members not to "lose your hearts" at a viewing Sunday for his 10-month-old daughter. The father told well-wishers to remember that "people are good."

Saanvi was found dead Friday, Oct. 26 after police say a neighbor at the family's King of Prussia apartment complex confessed to killing her grandmother four days earlier and absconding with the girl.

Authorities say 61-year-old Satayrathi Venna died trying to protect her granddaughter.

A man described as a family friend, Raghunandan Yandamuri, is charged in their deaths. Officials say he planned to ransom the girl for $50,000.

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