He made similar statements to police during an interview later, according to the charging documents.
Colin Wolf was arrested and initially charged with attempted first-degree murder, attempted second-degree murder, first-degree assault, second-degree assault and child abuse. He was taken to the Harford County Detention Center where, after being seen by a Harford County District Court Commissioner, he was ordered held without bail.
As a result of the child's death, those charges were amended and Colin Wolf was subsequently charged with first degree murder, second degree murder, first degree assault, second degree assault and first degree child abuse leading to death, according to court records.
First bail hearing
During Wolf's first bail review hearing in Bel Air Friday afternoon, Judge Cooper became clearly concerned when Wolf, who appeared via closed circuit television from the detention center, stared blankly ahead and took long pauses before answering routine questions posed by the judge.
After questioning Wolf and meeting at the bench with lawyers from the Office of the Public Defender and the State's Attorney's Office, Cooper noted that Wolf has "developmental disabilities" and should receive a competency hearing.
Replying in a barely audible voice to questions from Cooper, Wolf said he dropped out of an alternative education program at the age of 18. When Cooper asked Wolf if he was seeing a "case worker," Wolf replied with the case worker's name, but also said that it had "been awhile" since he had seen her.
Cooper asked Wolf if he planned to get a GED in the future; he said maybe when he was 21. For the present, he added, he is working at Mars.
Cooper asked Wolf if he had someone working with him, but Wolf replied, "I work by myself." She asked if he is taking medications? Wolf said he is not.
At one point during the proceeding, Cooper tried to explain her role to Wolf by using a baseball analogy. "I'm here as the umpire, to call the balls and strikes," the judge said, but that did not appear to register with Wolf.
The judge then asked Wolf if he understood the difference between "pleading guilty or not guilty." His response was not audible in the courtroom gallery, but when Cooper asked him if knows what a jury trial is, Wolf replied in the negative.
Cooper ordered that Wolf remain in jail without bail and continued the bail hearing until Monday afternoon to give Wolf time to meet with his public defenders, whom she urged to try to explain to him the charges and his options as a defendant.
"I am going to make a finding that he [Wolf] does not appear competent to understand [the explanation] of his rights I am required to give him," Cooper said, but she stopped short of scheduling a competency hearing before Monday's proceeding.
Cooper noted that Wolf had just been arrested early Friday morning and had not been able to meet with the public defenders before his afternoon court appearance. She also said it did not make sense to try to schedule a competency hearing so late on a Friday afternoon.