Teen To Be Tried As Adult In Burglaries

Long Juvenile Record, Escape Attempts Considered In Charge

April 29, 1997|By Mike Farabaugh | Mike Farabaugh,SUN STAFF

A Hampstead teen-ager was being held yesterday at the Carroll County Detention Center in lieu of $96,000 bail, charged as an adult in a string of burglaries and vandalism last winter.

Douglas K. Baker, 16, was arrested last week on multiple charges stemming from 17 incidents alleged to have occurred between November 1996 and February, court records show.

Baker was waived to the adult court at a Circuit Court hearing Friday, prosecutor David P. Daggett said yesterday.

Daggett asked District Court Judge JoAnn M. Ellinghaus-Jones yesterday to forward all of the cases except three involving misdemeanor charges to the Circuit Court.

Baker, who wore baggy jeans and a T-shirt in the courtroom yesterday, was polite, replying, "Yes, ma'am," and "No, ma'am," to the judge's questions.

Daggett told the judge that Baker had an extensive juvenile record since 1990 and had escaped from juvenile detention facilities in Florida, Georgia and Maryland.

"The state is greatly concerned [about Baker] because we understand there have been several suicide attempts in the last four months," said Daggett.

Multiple scars, perhaps as many as 15, appeared to be slash marks on Baker's arms.

Court records show that Baker is charged with 83 counts, mostly of burglary, unauthorized use of motor vehicles, tampering with motor vehicles and theft.

Nearly all of the incidents occurred in Hampstead or Westminster on Nov. 26, 1996, and between Feb. 1 and 4, 1997, court records show.

Daggett said the incidents in February occurred immediately after the teen-ager escaped from the Charles P. Hickey School in Baltimore County, a detention facility for youthful offenders.

Baker waived being represented by an attorney at yesterday's proceedings, but Ellinghaus-Jones told him she would ask the county public defender to contact him to determine whether he is eligible for free legal representation.

Daggett said that after 14 of the 17 cases are forwarded to Circuit Court, Baker will be eligible for another bail review hearing.

A preliminary hearing on the misdemeanor charges has been set for May 28 in District Court. A trial date has been set for July 24.

Pub Date: 4/29/97

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