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Judge orders mental health evaluation for man accused of South Carroll threat

Timothy Edgar Baker, accused of multiple false reports to police, including calling in threats to South Carroll High School last year, will have a mental health evaluation to determine if he will plead not criminally responsible. <a href="http://bit.ly/1IMelHV">Full story</a>
Timothy Edgar Baker, accused of multiple false reports to police, including calling in threats to South Carroll High School last year, will have a mental health evaluation to determine if he will plead not criminally responsible. Full story(HANDOUT)

A Mount Airy man accused of multiple false reports to police, including calling in threats to South Carroll High School last year, will have a mental health evaluation to determine if he will plead not criminally responsible.

Timothy Edgar Baker, 21, of the 2600 block of Walston Road, is being held without bond at the Carroll County Detention Center, according to electronic court files.

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Prosecutors requested that Baker's bond in the South Carroll case be revoked after he was arrested June 9 and accused of making false 911 calls to report burglaries in his neighborhood, according to court records. He allegedly told police he did it to watch them respond to the calls.

A jury trial scheduled to begin Monday in the South Carroll case is likely to be rescheduled after Baker's attorney, MacKenzie Kantruss, filed a motion for an inpatient mental health evaluation late last month. A joint motion for a continuance of the trial was filed by the parties Tuesday.

No plea has been entered, according to Kantruss, but once the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene submits a report he will determine his next steps. A person is not criminally responsible for their conduct if, due to a mental disorder, they could not appreciate that their actions were illegal or could not conform their conduct to comply with the law.

Baker was awaiting trial for the threats of a shooting he allegedly made to South Carroll on March 20, 2014, which prompted a multiagency response and caused the school to be locked down for five hours, according to court records. He faces charges of arson threat, telephone misuse, false statement to police and related offenses in that case.

In February, Baker was again charged with telephone misuse, this time in Howard County, for allegedly making obscene phone calls to the boss of his recently fired girlfriend, according to court records.

A hearing in that case is set for July 20 in the Circuit Court for Howard County, according to electronic court files.

A hearing for the June 9 incident in Carroll is scheduled for Aug. 21 in the District Court of Maryland for Carroll County.

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