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Fourteen years later and (illegal) female still eludes authorities for the murder of one child and the abduction of another

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Photo of Alicia Leonor Banuelos

PALATINE, IL — Banuelos, then 31 from Mexico, was living illegally in Illinois when she lost custody of her four year old daughter, Lyric Garcia, in 1997. Around the same time police had charged her for first degree murder for the death of her youngest child, a newly born baby girl.

On April 29, 1997, Banuelos returned to a Palatine home where she was living at the time. She had worked an overnight shift at a grill factory and then slept through the afternoon. She awoke to labor pains and went to her bathroom where she delivered her daughter without medical attention. The infant, who was not given a name, was born healthy and only lived the first moments of her short life before she was drowned by the hands of her own mother.

She was arrested shortly after. Lyric, the eldest daughter, had been placed in a guardian’s custody pending the result of the murder and custody trail.

Banuelos was scheduled to begin trial on October 12, 1999 for the murder. Two days before trail, on October 10, 1999, during a monthly visitation, she had gone by her sister’s house upset over a meeting with her lawyer. It is unknown what exactly transpired at the meeting but her other sister, who was also at the house, suggested that the three of them (her, Banuelos and Lyric) spend their visit at the local Chicago mall, to get their mind off the custody issue and upcoming court date.

While at the mall, Banuelos snatched Lyric and took off and both of them haven’t been seen or heard from since.

For nearly fourteen years, she has been on the run, evading murder and kidnapping charges in Illinois. She is believed to have travelled back to Mexico.

FBI was eventually involved in the case and Banuelos is listed on their website. According to the FBI, calls were made to a hotel in Zacatecas, Mexico, where she is believed to have friends.

There have been no sightings of Banuelos since 1999, and officials said they do not know if Lyric, who would now be around 17 or 18, is still alive.

 Alicia Banuelos will be turning 46 in the year 2013.

Banuelos FBI’s Most Wanted Poster for her physical description and other information.

If you have any information regarding this case you’re asked to please contact:  FBI (Chicago) 312-421-6700.

Two unidentified babies discovered deceased in Minnesota may belong to the same mother

Authorities believe the two unidentified babies below may have the same biological mother. Although, they believed they had separate fathers. Both were discovered deceased in Minnesota less than three years apart.

Baby #1

Forensic artists from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children used photographs of the bodies and the infants’ skull measurements to create composite drawings of what the babies might have looked like at the time of their deaths.

The first victim was discovered on December 7, 2003 in Old Frontenac, Goodhue County, Minnesota

Estimated Date of Death: No more than two weeks, no less than two days.

Estimated age: Newborn (less than 48 hours old)
Hair: Curly, black hair.
Approximate Height/Weight: 14″; 7 lbs.

The unidentified baby boy was discovered on December 7, 2003 in Florence Township Beach in Frontenac, MN.

NCIC Number for baby number one:
U860017958  (Please refer to this number when contacting any agency with information regarding this case.)

 The case may be related to another unidentified newborn found in Red Wing in 1999.

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Reconstruction of Victim by NCMEC – NOTE: Outfits shown in the age-progressed photos are not the actual outfits worn during discovery.)

The infant is a girl and she was located November 4, 1999 on the bank of the Mississippi River, in the small boat harbor in Red Wing, MN, a little over three years before the discovery of the boy. She was given the name Jamie.

Time of death: At-least 48 hours prior to discovery but no longer than two weeks.

Authorities think the composites could help piece together a frustrating puzzle. Over the years they have had over a 100 leads, yet the investigations remain unsolved.
Investigators believed that the infants were born alive. Autopsies were never able to ascertain causes of death. Officials believe that mother of the children may have hidden the pregnancies and is probably familiar with the area or possibly still living in the local areas.

After the discovery of both babies, a local couple paid to have them buried next to their own stillborn daughter, under headstones that read “God’s Little Angel.

NCIC Number for baby number two:
U530018814 (Please refer to this number when contacting any agency with information regarding this case.)

Agency Case Number for baby number one: GO03-127
Agency Case Number fpr baby number two: GC99-158

If you have any information about these unidentified children please contact:
Minnesota Regional Medical Examiner’s Office
Lindsey Thomas
651-480-4253

You may remain anonymous when submitting information.

Who is baby Allison?

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Baby silhouette (stock photo)

Unidentified White Female Newborn was given the name “Baby Allison” shortly after being found December 31, 2003 in Strasburg Township, Lancaster County (PA)

It was Wednesday, December 31, 2003 – New Year’s Eve, at around 3:30 in the afternoon. Children at the Sycamore Amish Schoolhouse on Weaver Road were taking the day’s trash to a burn barrel on the school’s property. They lit the trash but immediately put the fire out when they saw that something else was in the barrel.

It was a baby, a newborn baby girl with the umbilical cord still attached. She had been put into a plastic bag and placed in the burn barrel.

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Stock photo of what a burn barrel looks like

A neighbor who had a telephone called the police. The coroner pronounced her dead at 5:00 that afternoon. An autopsy showed that the full-term, 6 lb girl had been born alive. Her throat had been slit. Genetically, she was determined to be a white female, of European ancestry. She was not the result of incest. There is less than a 3% chance that she came from the Amish community.

After hearing reports of the baby’s discovery, an employee of the Turkey Hill Minit Market on N. Decatur St in Strasburg recalled finding something in the store’s restroom on December 26th that might be connected to the case. The store is about 4 miles from where the baby was found. Evidence was collected from the restroom and sent for testing. Police started contacting customers who had made credit card purchases that day, hoping to find someone who had seen or heard anything unusual. The public was urged to come forward with any information that could aid in the investigation.

Police theorize that the child’s mother was likely a young woman, under 20 and probably from the local area. If the baby was born in the restroom, the mother, and possibly another person, would have had to have access to a vehicle to get the child from the store to the burn barrel behind the schoolhouse. But N. Decatur Street, Route 896, is the main road into Strasburg, frequented by locals and tourists alike. So it is possible, if not likely, that the child’s mother was from outside of the area.

Source: PAMISSING.COM

Kalialani Cavalear abducted by both parents on August 23, 2012 (UPDATED)

Kalialani Cavalear, who was listed as a victim of parental abduction is no longer missing and her photos and details have been removed. Thank you to everyone concerned.

Armed Robbers attempt to snatch a three-month-old baby but are scared off by family dog

  • Intruders break into a families home Yesterday, in the early morning hours and snatched the baby
  • Stopped by one of the family’s two dogs who forced the kidnappers back into the house
  • Mother of infant pistol-whipped over the head with a gun as she confronted robbers
  • The crime took place in West Regent Street, Indianapolis
  • The unidentified suspects are being sought by police and both are considered armed and dangerous
Nayeli Garzon-Jimenez and Adolfo Angeles-Morales say a man and a woman broke into their home and tried to steal their baby but were thwarted by the family dog
Frightening: Nayeli Garzon-Jimenez and Adolfo Angeles-Morales say a man and a woman broke into their home and tried to snatch their baby (below) but the intruders were thwarted by the family dog (above)
Nayeli Garzon-Jimenez and Adolfo Angeles-Morales say a man and a woman broke into their home and tried to steal their baby but were thwarted by the family dog
 
Relieved: Husband and wife Nayeli Garzon-Jimenez and Adolfo Angeles-Morales pictured with their baby following the horrific break-in at their home in Indianapolis

Relieved: Husband and wife Nayeli Garzon-Jimenez and Adolfo Angeles-Morales pictured with their baby following the terrifying break-in

Police are looking for a black man around 35 years old, 6ft 2in, heavy set with light skin, a close-cut beard and acne scars.

He is believed to be armed and dangerous.

The other suspect is a black woman in her mid twenties about 5ft 10in, heavy build with braided hair pulled back in a pony tail. She had two lip piercings and an eyebrow piercing.

The suspects left the scene in a 2002-2007 chocolate brown van with tinted windows and windows that extend down the passenger side. There might be a dent in the passenger side door.

 
Click here for full article written and published by Dailymail.co.uk

Baby Kidnapped Over A Decade Ago Still Missing

This segment of unsolved mysteries was aired on August 28, 2001, several months after the kidnapping. Jacqueline’s case was also aired on America’s Most Wanted (web exclusive.)

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Photo of Jacqueline Castaneda taken shortly before she was kidnapped

Birth name: Jacqueline Castaneda-Vasquez
Location of incident: 
Avondale, Phoenix, Arizona
Date of birth: 
January 14, 2001
Date of abduction: 
May 6, 2001
Other: 
She is described as a Caucasian/Hispanic female with brown hair and brown eyes and a heart-shaped birthmark on her upper arm. On the day the baby was kidnapped, she was wearing a white outfit and was strapped into a green and white car seat. She would be 12-years-old (and turning thirteen in a couple of months.)

Short description of abduction: Jacqueline Vasquez was just a baby when she was last seen at a swap meet located on 12300 West Buckeye Road located in Avondale, AZ.  At the time of her disappearance, Jacqueline was wearing a white outfit and was strapped into a white and green car-seat carrier. She has a heart-shaped birthmark on her upper right arm.
According to police, the baby’s father dropped off Vasquez and her family at the event Sunday morning. An older family member ran a booth at the meet. Despite leads from the local community, Jacqueline has not been seen since she disappeared. Police have no suspect’s, but they would like to speak to the woman in this sketch

Full story: In May of 2001, Olivia Castaneda arrived at a swap meet outside Phoenix, Arizona, with two of her three  children, Niely Castaneda who was just a toddler, and Jacqueline Castaneda who was 4-months-old going on 5-months, and the children’s grandmother (a.k.a Olivia’s mother)

“My husband dropped me off there with my two babies, my two year-old Niely, and Jacqueline, my four month-old baby. I took Jacqueline out of the car with her car seat, and Niely, I took her walking.”

Before meeting her mother inside, Olivia needed to use the rest room. She finally found a portable bathroom. Finding it too cramped and dirty, she made a decision that would lead to tragedy:

“Jacqueline couldn’t fit inside, so I just took my two year-old, Niely, inside the rest room ’cause she could have walked away if I left her outside. I was in the rest room, like, for a minute, when I came out, Jacqueline wasn’t there anymore.”

Hoping that her mother had taken the baby, Olivia rushed into the swap meet:

“I felt more upset and more nervous when I saw my mom was by herself. She didn’t have the baby. And that’s when I felt I was going to die. I mean, I just–I didn’t know what to do.”

After 20 minutes of searching booth to booth, the police were called. According to Sgt. Mark Lucas of the Avondale Police Department, they immediately sealed off the swap meet:

“There was an officer stationed at all the exits and along the fence line. And as cars were leaving, we would check the vehicles as they left. As people were leaving the side exits through the gates, we would go ahead and check them, make sure they weren’t carrying an infant or had a car-carrier.”

Witnesses reported a suspicious woman lurking around the rest-room shortly before the kidnapping and a vehicle speeding away moments after the incident. The vehicle is described as a  red, full-size, (possibly Ford) Pick up truck. According to the website “25missingpersons,” authorities have not yet connected the vehicle to the abduction.

To see a small composite sketch photo of the unknown suspect please click: Charley Project.

Witnesses description of the woman matched and a sketch of the woman was made, but she has yet to be identified.

But despite police standing by exits, the baby was never rescued and her family remains heartbroken.

Many people have had their own theories and assumptions, one being, that the kidnapper was a female who couldn’t have children of her own and desperately wanted a child and jumped at the first opportunity to steal another mother’s baby to raise as her own. Police list her possible locations as “National” however, she could be ANYWHERE and authorities are hoping that somebody is alert and recognizes the child who will be turning thirteen on January 14, 2013. The most identifying characteristic is the heart-shaped birthmark on her arm.

National Center for Missing & Exploited Children came out with an age-progressed photo of what Jacqueline might of looked like at age 6, today, she would be 12-years-old.

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Age-progressed photo of what Jacqueline might of looked like as a younger child

If you have any information regarding this case, you are urged to contact: Avondale Police Department (Arizona) – 1-623-932-3660 Or leave a tip by calling: National Center for Missing and Exploited Children 1-800-THE-LOST  — Other options: Contact the nearest FBI Office NCIC #M-321554928

For any possible sighting outside the United States, contact the nearest United States Embassy or Consulate NCIC #M-321554928

Or leave an anonymous tip by going to Unsolved Mysteries Official Site.

Kidnapped PA Baby Found In Bloody White Dress After Family Friend Tell’s Police Where To Find Her

Pictured; 10-month-old Saanvi Venna was kidnapped sometime between Monday morning threw Monday Aftersoon and her Grandmother, Satyavathi Venna, who was babysitting at the time, was found murdered. An Amber Alert was immediately issued and Saanvi is still missing 3-days later.

Latest Update: 10/26/12 — Police Find Saanvi Venna In A Bloody White Dress, Family Friend Arrested:

BRIDGEPORT, Pa. (AP) — A family friend charged with killing a baby girl and her grandmother told police he dropped the baby as he wielded a knife and the grandmother charged at him during a botched kidnapping, authorities said Friday.

Raghunandan “Raghu” Yandamuri, a native of India, targeted the family for a $50,000 ransom because he knew both parents worked, and he left copies of a ransom note, according to a police affidavit filed in a Philadelphia suburb.

Photo of abductor and murderer, Raghunandan “Raghu” Yandamuri

“It’s up to you to decide, do you want your 1-year-old or five months of your income?” the lengthy note said.

Ten copies of the note were left at the family’s King of Prussia apartment, but no one ever contacted the baby’s parents, both software engineers, after the grandmother was found dead Monday and the baby went missing.

Authorities instead found the body of 10-month-old Saanvi Venna in a bloody white dress early Friday beneath a bench in a basement fitness room at the sprawling apartment complex where Yandamuri and the victims lived.

The 26-year-old Yandamuri, interviewed Thursday as police canvassed the family’s friends, had told officers where to find the body, District Attorney Risa Ferman said.

Investigators had hoped to find Saanvi alive even as the week wore on. But she may have been dead before she left the apartment, Ferman said. Yandamuri told police that he put a handkerchief in her mouth to quiet her, tied a towel around her head and put her in a suitcase before he left, according to the affidavit.

Yandamuri was being held without bail on two counts of murder, kidnapping, robbery and other charges pending a preliminary hearing next week. He does not have a lawyer and did not enter a plea at a brief arraignment Friday afternoon. He told a judge he is not a U.S. citizen and was given time to make a private call to the Indian consulate.

The baby’s father, Venkata Konda Siva Venna, and mother, Chenchu Latha Punuru, moved to the United States from India in February 2007 and moved into the apartment in June. The ransom note referred to them by family nicknames, leading police to hone in on friends and acquaintances.

The paternal grandmother, 61-year-old Satyavathi Venna, arrived from India in July and was scheduled to return home in January.

She opened the door to Yandamuri on Monday morning to see he was armed with a kitchen knife, authorities said. She retreated to the kitchen, while he picked up the baby from the couch, the affidavit said.

Yandamuri told police he dropped the baby and the grandmother came toward him and walked into the knife, leaving a deep gash in her throat, the affidavit said.

Yandamuri, who lived in a different building than the parents, told police that he had printed nearly 200 missing-child posters at work, distributed them and attended a vigil for the baby. But he later detailed the botched crime to police and said he had stolen jewelry, some of which he threw in the nearby Schuylkill River, the affidavit said.

A throng of people jeered at him, shouting “Hang him!” and other taunts, as he was led into court Friday in a bulletproof vest.

“We had been hopeful that Saanvi was still alive,” said Ferman, the prosecutor. “Tragically, that is not the case.”

Source: Hosted2.AP

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Update 10/26/12 — PENNSYLVANIA; Body Of Kidnapped Baby Found,  Man Arrested:

Police in Pennsylvania have arrested a suspect in the kidnapping and killing of a 10-month old girl and the slaying of her grandmother who was taking care of her in a Philadelphia suburb. According to the affadavit for his arrest, Raghunandan Yandamuri, after telling police he committed the crime, asked police to say his wife turned him so she could claim a cash reward being offered for the child’s return.

Pictured;  Raghunandan Yandamuri

The body of the baby, Saanvi Venna, was discovered overnight, police said Friday. Her grandmother Satyavathi Venna, 61, was found slain on Monday in the family’s apartment in King of Prussia, about 15 miles north of Philadelphia and it was then that the baby was discovered missing.

Yandamuri, 26, an acquaintance of the family who lives in the same apartment complex, faces charges of first and second degree murder, kidnapping and burglary in what police say appears to have been a kidnapping for ransom that went awry.

Near the body of the grandmother, who died from stab wounds to her neck and chest, investigators found a ransom note demanding $50,000 for the return of Saavni, investigators revealed on Friday.

“If you want your daughter alive and safe, follow our instructions carefully,” said the message, which is attached as an exhibit to the criminal complaint provided by police. It called for the baby’s mother to deliver the $50,000 by 8 p.m. the same day, and warned, “Any cunning act from anyone of you will lead to your daughter’s death.”

Investigators issued an Amber Alert just before 5 p.m. Monday after the child’s father and slain 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.

The baby’s mother, Chenchu Latha Punuru, was at work when Venna was killed and the child was taken, police said.

Pennsylvania State Police via AP

Saanvi Venna, 10 months old, in an undated photo provided by police. Police issued an Amber Alert for her on Monday after her grandmother, who had been babysitting, was found slain and the baby missing.

In the ransom note, the writer used the nicknames “Shiva” and “Lata” for Saanvi’s parents, which were known only to a handful of people, all of whom were in the community of Asian Indian Americans, according to an affidavit for Yandamuri’s arrest.

One of the people who knew those names was Yandamuri, who first told detectives he had no idea who had killed Satyavathi or taken Saanvi. He had attended a vigil held for the child and helped create and distribute missing child posters of the girl, it said.

Later in the interview on Thursday, Yandamuri said he was responsible for both deaths. He said he targeted the family because he believed they had money, and said his intention was to hide the child until the ransom was paid, the affidavit said.

According to the document, he told police he had stabbed the grandmother with a kitchen knife in a tussle for the child, stuffed a handkerchief into the child’s mouth to stop her from crying, and then put her in a blue suitcase, which he later abandoned in a sauna at the apartment complex gym.

Following Yandamuri’s description, investigators went to the sauna, the affidavit said.

“Hidden inside a dark wooden sauna under a deep bench, they found the lifeless body of Saanvi Venna. There was apparent blood on her white dress.”

The grandmother had been visiting from India since July, authorities said, and was planning to return in January.

A reward for information leading to the safe return of the child had jumped from $30,000 to $50,000 on Thursday.

Source of above article: US.NEWS.NBCNEWS

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Update: 10/25/12 PENNSYLVANIA — Reward Money Increased For Baby Abducted After Grandmother Found Murdered: 

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.

– Reward Poster

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.

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

– News Release

– The Search for Saanvi

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.

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.

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.”

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.”

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 a sighting please call 911 or if you have any information on the abduction, please call 215-546-TIPS.

Source of above article: Msnbc.Msn.Com

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Update: 10/24/12 King of Prussia, PENNSYLVANIA — Father Speak’s Out As FBI Join Desperate Search For Kidnapped Baby Who’s Grandmother Was Found Murdered: 

Shiva Venna left work Monday afternoon to check in on his 10-month-old daughter, Saanvi, who was in the care of his mother. He arrived at his Upper Merion apartment to find his mother murdered, and his baby girl missing.

Local, state, and federal authorities are now working together to find the missing child, who was allegedly abducted between 8 am and 1 pm. Investigators identified the child’s dead grandmother as Satyavathi Venna, who was visiting her son and his family from India.

Venna returned home from work to check on the pair when a neighbor called, concerned that they were unable to get a hold of 61-year-old Satyavathi and the child. The infant, Saanvi Venna, was abducted from the Marquis Apartment complex in King Prussia. Friends of the family stated that Shiva Venna, the child’s father, called police after he discovered his mother dead and his daughter missing. The baby’s mother, Chenchu Latha Punuru, was at work when the homicide and abduction were discovered. Investigators issued an Amber Alert for the baby girl just before 5 pm.

USA Today reports that Montgomery County District Attorney Risa Vetri Ferman said “investigators are focusing all their resources on reuniting Saavni Venna with her parents,” adding that the grandmother’s murder and the child’s abduction are “intricately connected.” To that end, investigators have not released information regarding how the girl’s grandmother was killed or if there are currently any suspects in the case.

“All of our resources are focused on finding Saavni and reuniting her with her parents,” Ferman asserted. “The search for the child is intricately connected to the homicide investigation.”

On Tuesday, investigators searched the apartment complex, even draining the pool in search of clues. A neighbor of the family, Vasu Velaga, pleaded, “Please don’t do any harm to the kid. Please release her immediately. Please inform the police.”

A press conference was held Monday night to get word out about the missing child. Saavni’s father spoke: “If someone finds my baby could you please

bring my baby back?” The child’s father pleaded. “Don’t do any harm to my baby.”

Madhukar Sanikommu, 42, a cousin of Saanvi’s father, said the family was trying to hold onto hope that the girl would be found, adding “We’re all devastated right now.”

Saavni is reportedly Asian-India, who is 2’6″ tall and weighs 21 pounds. She has black hair and brown eyes. She was last seen wearing a white dress with pink flowers. She was also wearing jewelry.

If you see any sightings of Saanvi Venna you are asked to call 911 immediately.

Source of above article: Inquisitr

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10/23/12  UPPER MERION, Pennsylvania — Desperate Search For Kidnapped Baby After Grandmother Was Found Murdered:

The desperate search for the 10 month old baby abducted from her King of Prussia apartment enters its second day with no sign of Saanvi Venna.

Police are also searching for her grandmother’s killer. 61-year-old Satyavathi Venna was babysitting at the time when someone killed her and took the infant girl.

Photo of Satyavathi Venna holding Saanvi Venna when she was a newborn. She was murdered while babysitting Saanvi Venna and the killer took the baby.  Police have no information on suspects vehicle, etc and is asking the public to be alert and if you spot the child, call 911 immediately.

Authorities with Montgomery County District Attorney’s office, Upper Merion Township Police along with the FBI are not saying much about the investigation while residents at the apartment complex where the crimes happened are wondering if they are safe.

Detectives hauled out bags of evidence from the police station while family members have been arriving from around the country to help in the search.

“I’m pleading with everyone to help find my 10 month old niece please call police so we can help find little Saanvi” said Ram Venna, the girl’s uncle.

Investigators spent the day at The Marquis Apartments on DeKalb Pike. The complex pools had been drained and flyers were being distributed to residents.

“I don’t want to let my kids out of my sight. Even if you take out the trash I’m scared to be by myself” said resident Joy Silver.

Several residents tell us security here has been a concern for years.

“It wasn’t that good when I was living here around one year back. You say you were robbed. Yes. I was robbed at gunpoint” said Tom Paulic who tells us he moved out because of safety concerns.

“It’s very nervous actually, it’s a bit scary”

Arumugam Margasagaiam who lives at Marquis Apartments says he’s not going back to work until police find the killer. He says frustration is growing among residents because of the lack of information.

“I have been searching the news channels since morning but It’s the same news. Since yesterday. It’s been the same news” said Margasagaiam.

Police are not releasing some of the details of the investigation out of fear for the little girl’s safety. They have not said how the grandmother died or if they are targeting a suspect.

Saanvi is described as 10 month old, Asian-Indian, 2’6 inches tall, 21 pounds with black hair and brown eyes. She was last seen wearing a white shirt with pink flowers.

If you have any information regarding this case or think you have a sighting of this child you are asked to immediately contact police by dialing 911.

Source: MyFoxPhilly

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10/22/12 UPPER MERION, Pa. – AMBER ALERT FOR KIDNAPPED BABY

10/22/12 – Pennsylvania State Police have issued an Amber Alert for a missing 10-month old who was reported abducted during a homicide:

On Monday night, Upper Merion Police identified the victim in the homicide as the grandmother of the missing 10-month-old.

The Upper Merion Township Police Department is searching for the 10-month-old girl, Saavni Venna, who was last seen at the Marquis Apartments on the 200 block of West Dekalb Pike in King of Prussia.

The 10-month-old, is described as an Asian-Indian female who weighs 21 pounds. She was last seen wearing a white dress with pink flowers, black hair and brown eyes.

The suspect and any vehicle information are not yet known.

If you have any information, you’re asked to call 9-1-1.