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Saanvi Venna Murder: Suspect identified in murder of grandmother, baby in suburban Phladelphia

This undated photo provided by the Montgomery County District Attorney's Office shows Saanvi Venna. Authorities are searching for the 10-month-old girl, who disappeared after her grandmother was fatally beaten inside a suburban Philadelphia apartment. Police issued an Amber Alert for the Venna on Monday Oct. 22, 2012 following the discovery of her grandmotherâ AP Photo/Montgomery County District Attorney's Office

Saanvi Venna
AP Photo/Montgomery County District Attorney's Office

(AP) BRIDGEPORT, Pa. - Raghunandan Yandamuri, a family friend charged with killing an infant and her grandmother in suburban Philadelphia, told police he dropped the baby as the grandmother charged at him during a botched kidnapping.

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A police affidavit says Yandamuri targeted the family for a $50,000 ransom plot because both of the infant's parents had jobs. But no one ever contacted the couple after the child's grandmother was fatally stabbed and the girl went missing Monday.

Authorities say they found 10-month-old Saanvi Venna in a bloody white dress early Friday, hidden in a basement fitness room at the apartment complex where the suspect and victims all lived.

The 26-year-old Yandamuri is being held without bail on murder, kidnapping and other charges.

He does not have a lawyer and did not enter a plea at his arraignment Friday.

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