Yandamuri was being held without bail on two counts of murder, kidnapping, robbery and other charges pending a preliminary hearing set next week. He does not have a lawyer and did not enter a plea at a brief arraignment on Friday. 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. 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, 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 on Friday.
Image: Raghunandan Yandamuri, 26, is shown in this undated photo provided by the Upper Merion Township Police Department.