UPPER MERION TWP., Pa. - The father of a baby girl made a desperate plea to whoever kidnapped his child, after the girl's grandmother was murdered in their Montgomery Co. apartment Monday.
"If someone finds my baby, could you please bring my baby back?", said Shiva Venna. "Don't do any harm to the baby. Please, please help me in this matter."
Authorities issued a statewide Amber Alert for 10-month-old Saanvi Venna Monday afternoon. Police discovered her grandmother's body around 1 p.m. Monday inside the Marquis Apartments in King of Prussia.
The grandmother, 61 year-old Satyavathi Venna, was visiting from India, and babysitting the child at the time. She had arrived in July and was scheduled to return home January 2013.
"I am worrying, actually, but worrying about that kid, actually," said neighbor Vasu Velaga, one of many fellow Indians who came to the Upper Merion Twp. police building to support the girl's family.
Authorities have not released any details about how she was killed or who discovered her body. Monday night, detectives questioned members of Venna's family. The FBI is also assisting. Upper Merion's police chief told reporters that, although there are no suspects, the community should not be worried.
An autopsy of the body of Satyavathi Venna is underway.
Velaga said the apartment complex has been the scene of crimes before.
"Everybody [is] trying to switch from this apartment as early as possible," he said.
According to police, the baby is 21 pounds, with black hair and brown eyes. She was last seen wearing a white dress with pink flowers and some kind of jewelry.
Many members of the local Indian community came to the Upper Merion Police Department to support the girl's family.
Velaga issued a heartfelt plea to whoever has the child.
"Please don't do any harm to the kid," he said. "Please leave her immediately; please inform the police."
Anyone with information about a an individual with ill-will towards a member of the Venna family, or other information about the whereabouts of Saanvi or the homicide of her grandmother, is requested to contact the Upper Merion Township Police Department at 610 265-3232 or the Montgomery County Detective Bureau at 610 278-3368.
Allentown, PA 18102