Authorities instead found the body of 10-month-old Saanvi Venna in a bloody white dress early on Friday beneath a bench in a basement fitness room at the sprawling apartment complex where Yandamuri and the victims lived.
The 26-year-old Yandamuri, interviewed on Thursday as police canvassed the family's friends, had told officers where to find the body, District Attorney Risa Ferman said.
Investigators had hoped to find Saanvi alive even as the week wore on. But she may have been dead before she left the apartment, Ferman said. Yandamuri told police that he put a handkerchief in her mouth to quiet her, tied a towel around her head and put her in a suitcase before he left, according to the affidavit.
Yandamuri was being held without bail on two counts of murder, kidnapping, robbery and other charges pending a preliminary hearing next week. He does not have a lawyer and did not enter a plea at a brief arraignment Friday afternoon. He told a judge he is not a U.S. citizen and was given time to make a private call to the Indian consulate.
Yandamuri told police he dropped the baby and the grandmother came toward him and walked into the knife, leaving a deep gash in her throat, the affidavit said.
Image: Raghunandan Yandamuri is escorted to a Montgomery County district court for an arraignment Friday, Oct. 26, 2012, in Bridgeport.