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Pennsylvania grandmother found dead, baby missing, police say

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

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Police say 10-month-old Saavni Venna was abducted from her apartment complex sometime between 8 a.m. and 1 p.m. on Monday.

Pennsylvania State Police issued an Amber Alert for the Upper Merion Township Police Department on Monday.

Police say Saavni Venna, a 10-month-old baby girl, was abducted from the Marquis Apartment complex in King of Prussia sometime between 8 a.m. and 1 p.m. on Monday.

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Investigators issued a child abduction alert just before 5 p.m. after they say a relative arrived at the apartment earlier in the afternoon and found the dead body of the baby's grandmother, 61-year-old Satyavathi Venna, and then realized the child was missing. Friends of the family tell NBC10 it was the baby's father, Shiva Venna, who called police.

Police described the baby as an Asian-Indian female, who is 2'6'' tall and weighs 21 pounds, with black hair and brown eyes. She was last seen wearing a white dress with pink flowers and wearing jewelry.

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"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."

Shiva Venna 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."

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