Harford man accused of killing infant niece awaits rulings on competency

The Harford State's Attorney's Office is awaiting an upcoming suppression hearing to determine how to move forward with charges against a 20-year-old man charged with killing his 2-month-old niece.

Colin Christopher Wolf, of Forest Hill, then 19, was charged last April with attempted first-degree murder after law enforcement officers determined he hit his sister's newborn, Aubree E. Roberts.

The charges were amended to first- and second-degree murder, first- and second-degree assault and first-degree child abuse resulting in death; however, on June 4, a grand jury handed up indictments against Wolf for first-degree murder and first-degree child abuse resulting in death.

The April 15 hearing will reveal results from evaluations to determine Wolf's competency to stand trial.

During the initial bail hearing shortly after his arrest last spring, Harford District Court Judge Mimi Cooper questioned Wolf's competency after John Janowich, a public defender representing Wolf, asked the court to consider "certain exams" be ordered for him.

Wolf has been held without bail since April 22, 2013.

'Psychological evaluations'

In a recent email, Janowich said the case was initially postponed from its Nov. 18, 2013 trial date "for further psychological evaluations."

"As the case is still pending, I do not feel it is appropriate to comment further at this time," Janowich said.

Harford County Assistant State's Attorney Diana Brooks, who is prosecuting the Wolf case, said the upcoming hearing will reveal the results of Wolf's physiological evaluations, motions filed by the defense and evidence that is or is not allowed to be presented during the trial.

The hearing result will determine how the Harford State's Attorney's Office will proceed with the case, Brooks said.

While Brooks said she could not comment on the specifics of the case, she said the state's attorney's office is prepared to move forward with the trial pending the results from the hearing.

"Depending on what evidence does come in or is not allowed in and results of the evaluation could change the direction of the trial," Brooks said.

Wolf's jury trial in Harford County Circuit Court is scheduled for April 28.

Left alone with infant

According to charging documents, on April 18, 2013, Harford County sheriff's deputies were called to Wolf's home in the 2000 block of Bay Meadows Court in Forest Hill, where he lived with his mother, Rebecca A. Wolf, sister Hannah Wolf, 17, and his sister's newborn, for a report of an injured infant.

Around 9:50 p.m., Rebecca Wolf and Hannah Wolf left the home to visit the newborn's father in Edgewood, according to charging documents. Rebecca Wolf said she told Wolf the baby was asleep in her bassinet and they were going "to run" to Edgewood.

An hour later, Rebecca Wolf told investigators, she returned home to check on the baby and saw Wolf coming from the baby's room carrying a plastic grocery bag. She said she asked Wolf where he was going and he responded he was going to take out the trash and head to a friend's house, according to charging documents.

Rebecca Wolf said she went into the baby's room and found the infant on her back against the side of the bassinet tangled in the bumper pad of the bassinet which was not where she left her, according to charging documents. She said the infant's face was bruised, lips were swollen and blood was coming from the baby's nose.

Rebecca Wolf said she called for Colin, yet received no answer and then called 911.

The infant was transported to Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, where she later died.

According to charging documents, Rebecca Wolf received a call from Wolf's friend stating she had spoken with Wolf immediately following the incident.

The friend said Wolf told her he had sprayed the infant in the mouth with Axe deodorant, cologne spray and punched the baby in the face, stating that "Hannah did not deserve a baby," according to charging documents.

Wolf was taken into custody a short time after the incident. He was found on Trudeau Drive in Forest Hill.

According to charging documents, Wolf admitted to spraying the infant with Axe deodorant spray and punching the baby in the face with a closed fist "in a self admitted attempt to kill her."

"Colin stated he was upset that his sister had a baby and that she did not deserve to have a child," according to court documents.

Brooks, of the State's Attorney's Office, said she could not discuss any aspects of the case, including if any additional charges may be filed.

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