Reward offered as search continues for Pa. baby

October 25, 2012 - 12:33 AM
Grandmother Killed Missing Baby

In this undated photo provided by the Upper Merion (Pa.) Township Police Department, Satyavathi Venna holds her granddaughter, Saanvi Venna. Police issued an Amber Alert for the 10-month-old girl on Monday, Oct. 22, 2012, following the discovery of Satyavathi Venna's body at the Marquis Apartments in King of Prussia, Pa. Investigators did not immediately release details on the death of the girl's 61-year-old grandmother. (AP Photo/Upper Merion Township Police Department)

KING OF PRUSSIA, Pa. (AP) — A $30,000 reward is being offered for information leading to the safe return of a 10-month-old girl who was abducted from an apartment in a Philadelphia suburb where her grandmother was killed.

Saanvi Venna has been missing since her 61-year-old grandmother, Satyavathi Venna, was killed inside the King of Prussia apartment while baby-sitting. Investigators believe the abduction happened between 8 a.m. and 1 p.m. Monday.

Police have been searching the apartment complex and surrounding area. Law enforcement and community groups are offering a $30,000 reward.

The Philadelphia Inquirer says more than 200 people attended a candlelight vigil at a King of Prussia park on Wednesday night at which relatives prayed and pleaded for the girl's safe return.

Prasad Sanikommu, a cousin of the child's father, said "We hope that Saanvi is returned so we can all celebrate her birthday . . . together." Before disbanding, participants joined in a prayer in the Telugu language that was translated as "Take me from darkness to light, from ignorance to bliss, and give me peace."

Upper Merion Township police say the girl's father and mother immigrated to the U.S. from India in February 2007 and moved to the apartment in June.

The grandmother arrived in July and was scheduled to return home in January.