2012-10-31 / Local & State

DA: Friend Planned $50K Kidnapping, But Baby Died

By Maryclaire Dale


BRIDGEPORT, Pa. (AP) – Police in a Philadelphia suburb say a family friend hoped to kidnap a baby to get $50,000 from her softwareengineer parents but instead killed the girl and her grandmother in a botched crime.

Police say 26-year- old Raghunandan Yandamuri (rag-oo-NAHN'-dahn yahnduh MOR'-ee) led them to the infant's body Friday in the fitness center of the King of Prussia apartment complex where he and the victims lived.

An autopsy shows her grandmother was fatally stabbed and suffered defensive wounds Monday as she struggled over the child.

Montgomery County District Attorney Risa Ferman says the ransom note called the parents by their family nicknames – leading police to focus on friends and acquaintances.

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