Baby Abducted, Grandmother Found Dead in Upper Merion

A woman is dead and her infant granddaughter missing after a homicide and abduction at an Upper Merion apartment, according to police.

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    Another vigil is being held Wednesday night for missing 10-month-old Saanvi Venna. Police say the baby was taken from her Montgomery County apartment and her grandmother was found murdered. There is a $50,000 reward for the safe return of the baby. NBC10's Deanna Durante reports. (Published Thursday, Oct 25, 2012)

    The reward for information leading to the safe return of 10-month-old Saanvi Venna increased on Thursday from $30,000 to $50,000.

    Officials say since a reward was announced by Montgomery County District Attorney Risa Vetri Ferman on Wednesday, tips have been pouring in, but none have led to Saanvi. The infant was abducted from an Upper Merion apartment building on Monday.

    Hundreds Pray For Missing 10-Month-Old

    [PHI] Hundreds Pray For Missing 10-Month-Old
    More than 200 people gathered for a candle light vigil in King Of Prussia, PA, Wednesday night. They're praying for the safe return of baby Saanvi Venna. The 10-month-old was kidnapped after her grandmother's murder on Monday. NBC10's Claudia Rivero was at the vigil, and talked to neighbors who are stunned this could happen so close to home. (Published Wednesday, Oct 24, 2012)

    Venna's grandmother, Satyavathi Venna, 61, who was babysitting the infant was murdered inside the family's home at the Marquis Apartment complex on the 200 block of West Dekalb Pike.

    Specialized K-9's Aid Search for Abducted Baby

    [PHI] Specialized K-9's Aid Search for Abducted Baby
    Police announced on Wednesday that they are offering a $30,000 reward for the safe return of missing 10-month-old Saanvi Venna. Two specialized K-9's have been flown in from FBI Headquarters to aid the search. NBC10's Deanna Durante reports. (Published Tuesday, Nov 20, 2012)

    Three K-9 units were searching the area between the apartment building and the Pennsylvania Turnpike on Wednesday.

    $30K Reward for Safe Return of Missing Baby

    [PHI] $30K Reward for Safe Return of Missing Baby
    Police announced on Wednesday that they are offering a $30,000 reward for the safe return of missing 10-month-old Saanvi Venna. Sources told NBC10's Deanna Durante that a specialized K-9 is aiding in the search. (Published Wednesday, Oct 24, 2012)

    Search Continues For Abducted Baby

    [PHI] Search Continues For Abducted Baby
    Authorities, including the F.B.I., are still searching for 10-month-old Saanvi Venna. The baby was kidnapped shortly after her grandmother's murder in King Of Prussia. NBC10's Claudia Rivero spoke to residents who live in the apartment building where the murder happened. (Published Tuesday, Oct 23, 2012)

    Investigators issued an Amber Alert just before 5 p.m. on Monday after the child's father and the murder victim's son, Venkata Konda Siva Venna, found the woman's body and realized his daughter was missing.

    Police say Venna left work to check on the pair after receiving a call from a worried relative who was unable to reach them.

    Family Member Makes Plea for Baby's Safe Return

    [PHI] Family Member Makes Plea for Baby's Safe Return
    Police say Saanvi Venna a 10-month-old baby was abducted on Monday from an Upper Merion Township apartment complex shortly after her grandmother was murdered. A family friend told NBC10's Deanna Durante the grandmother was visiting from India and babysitting when she was killed. (Published Tuesday, Oct 23, 2012)

    Credit: Family Photo

    Police described Venna as an Asian-Indian female, standing 2-foot-6 and weighing 21 pounds, with black hair and brown eyes. She was last seen wearing a white dress with pink flowers and wearing unknown jewelry.

    Father Pleads for Daughter's Safe Return

    [PHI] Father Pleads for Daughter's Safe Return
    The father of a missing 10-month-old begs the public for his daughter's safe return. Saavni Venna was abducted while in the care of her grandmother who was found dead in the family's Upper Merion apartment. (Published Tuesday, Oct 23, 2012)

    On Tuesday, investigators canvassed the apartment complex and drained the swimming pool in search of clues.

    "Please don't do any harm to the kid," said Vasu Velaga, a neighbor of the family. "Please release her immediately. Please inform the police."

    Baby Abducted, Grandmother Found Dead

    [PHI] Baby Abducted, Grandmother Found Dead
    A desperate search is underway for a missing baby girl in Montgomery County. 10-month-old Saavni Venna was abducted from the Marquis Apartments in King of Prussia early Monday. It happened after her grandmother was found murdered. A statewide Amber Alert was issued and remains in effect. (Published Tuesday, Oct 23, 2012)

    The infant's father spoke Monday night during a press conference.

    "If someone finds my baby could you please bring my baby back?" Venna pleaded. "Don't do any harm to my baby."

    Baby Kidnapped From Murder Scene: Cops

    [PHI] Baby Kidnapped From Murder Scene: Cops
    Officers say 10-month-old Saavni Venna was kidnapped from a murder scene at the Marquis Apartments in Upper Merion Township on Monday. NBC10's Claudia Rivero reports from the scene. (Published Monday, Oct 22, 2012)

    Family members speaking on behalf of Saanvi's parents pleaded for her return as they gathered at the Upper Merion Township Police Department on Tuesday.

    ``Bring the girl back to the parents,'' said Ram Venna, 36, the girl's uncle, who had flown in from his home in San Jose, Calif.

    "We are pleading for everyone's help in finding my 10-month-old niece. Please call the police if you have any information that can help locate Saanvi. All of the family is grieving my mother's tragic death and praying for the safe return of my niece Saanvi," said Rem Venna.

    Madhukar Sanikommu, 42, of Warren, N.J., a cousin of Saanvi's father, said the family was trying to hold onto hope that the girl would be found.

    ``We're all devastated right now,'' Sanikommu said.

    Police say Satyavathi Venna arrived in the United States from India in July 2012 and was planning to return home in January 2013.

    The child's mother, Chenchu Latha Punuru, was at work when Venna was murdered and the child was taken, according to police.

    The Citizen's Crime Commission of Delaware Valley will be administering the reward posted by Upper Merion Township Police, The Montgomery County District Attorney's Office and the Teluga Association of North America.

    If you have any information on the abduction, please call 215-546-TIPS.