8-Month-Old Baby, Kidnapped With Parents and Uncle, Left to Die of Exposure in Orchard Where Bodies Were Found

The suspect in the deaths of four members of a California family who were kidnapped earlier this week was a former employee of the family’s trucking business.

A family spokesperson told KFSN that Jesus Manuel Salgado, who is still hospitalized in critical condition after trying to take his own life before police arrested him, drove a truck for the company but had a disagreement with the family, and they parted ways.

The spokesperson also said that 8-month-old Aroohi Dheri was left for dead with the other members of the family and died of exposure.

Investigators have not revealed the cause of death of Aroohi’s parents, Jasdeep Singh, 36, and Jasleen Kaur, 27, or the baby’s uncle, Amandeep Singh, 39.

Amandeep Singh is survived by his wife and two children in their teens, KFSN said.

The four were kidnapped at gunpoint from their business on Monday by a masked man who was seen on surveillance video loading them into Amandeep Singh’s truck and drove away.

The sheriff’s office said that Salgado’s family contacted investigators when he admitted to them he was involved in the kidnapping.

Merced County Sheriff Vern Warnke announced the discovery of the bodies Wednesday night by a farm worker who discovered them on a remote orchard in Merced County.

“There are no words to describe the anger I feel,” he said. “There’s a special place in hell for this guy.”

Warnke also said that he believes another suspect may have been involved, although investigators have found no evidence pointing to that.

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[Featured image: Jasleen Kaur, Jasdeep Singh, and Aroohi Dheri, left, and Amandeep Singh/Merced County Sheriff’s Office]