Sunday, August 12, 1990 - Page updated at 12:00 AM

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Father Allegedly Kills Baby, Feeds Dog With Body


NEW YORK - The father of a newborn boy whose dismembered body was eaten by the family's German shepherd was charged with murdering the infant in a fit of anger over a wet diaper, police said yesterday.

Jason Radtke, 19, who had just moved here from a small town in Nebraska, was charged late Friday with second-degree murder, said Sgt. Tina Mohrmann, a police spokeswoman.

No charges were filed against the infant's mother, Radtke's common-law wife, Linda Boyce, 19.

The boy, Anthony Radtke, was born Aug. 4.

Mohrmann said police believe Anthony's crying early Friday awakened Radtke, who took the baby out of a dresser drawer the couple used as a makeshift crib. The infant urinated on Radtke, and the father threw him to the ground, Capt. John Creegan said.

He cut the baby and left the remains in a position so the dog - a 3-year-old named Appoll - could consume it, Creegan said.

The couple called police Friday morning to report the infant was missing. They said they had put him to sleep about midnight in their bedroom, police said.

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