4 Kidnapped Indian Family Members Killed: Sheriff

New York: An eight-month-old baby of Indian origin, her parents and uncle who were kidnapped California were killed in a “horribly, horribly senseless” crime, according to the local sheriff.

Their bodies were found on a remote farm Wednesday, Merced County Sheriff Vernon Warnke said.

“There is a special place in hell” for the man who committed the crime, he said at a news conference near where the bodies were found.

He said he hopes the district attorney will seek the death penalty.

The kidnapping suspect, who was arrested Tuesday after attempting to kill himself, has been talking to investigators, he said.

Baby Aruhi Deri, her parents Jasleen Kaur, 27, and Jasdeep Singh, 36, and uncle Amandeep Singh, 49, were abducted Monday from the family’s transportation business in Merced, about 225 kilometers southeast of San Francisco.

Warnke said the victims’ family have been informed and arrangements have been made through contacts to “spiritually guide them through this”.

The bodies were found close together by a farm worker who notified authorities, Warnke said.

Earlier in a morning press conference, Warnke ruled out the kidnapping as a hate crime and said money was the likely motive.

Suspect Jesus Manuel Salgado was convicted in 2005 of armed robbery and released on parole in 2015.

His previous record pointed to a financial motive, he said.

Delgado told his family he was involved in the kidnapping, and they reported it to authorities, Warnke said.

Before officers could get to him, he attempted suicide and was taken to a hospital, he said.

Officers were waiting there for medical clearance to speak with him, he said.

After the bodies were found, Warnke said there was a lot of circumstantial evidence against Delgado and they were trying to build direct evidence.

He said he was emotional at the press conference because there was a child killed.

“I’m just furious inside because it was completely, completely pointless; an entire family has been destroyed,” he said.

He said a phone belonging to the family was found by a farm worker on a street in the area where the body was found.

The family’s bank card was used at an ATM and they are trying to get a clear picture of the person who withdrew the money.

A chilling surveillance video of the kidnapping was shown at the morning press conference.

Jasdeep Singh and Amandeep Singh were first taken at gunpoint with their hands tied and taken away in Amandeep Singh’s truck.

The suspect returned a few minutes later and took Jasleen Kaur and the baby in the same vehicle.

The truck was later found burning, leading to the discovery of the kidnapping.

The family’s cousin Sukdeep Singh and another relative, Balwinder Saini, appealed at the press conference for the family’s return or information about them.

(IANS)

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