Law & Order (1990–2010)
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A 10-year-old girl may be responsible for the murder of a little boy in her neighborhood.


Constantine Makris


Dick Wolf (created by), Richard Sweren




Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Jerry Orbach ... Detective Lennie Briscoe
Jesse L. Martin ... Detective Ed Green
S. Epatha Merkerson ... Lieutenant Anita Van Buren
Sam Waterston ... E.A.D.A. Jack McCoy
Angie Harmon ... A.D.A. Abbie Carmichael
Steven Hill ... D.A. Adam Schiff
Mary Mara ... Ms. Sharkey
Hallee Hirsh ... Jenny Brandt
Luba Mason ... Jocelyn Brandt
Madeline Blue ... Tara Padden
Joseph Murphy Joseph Murphy ... Vince Brandt
Annie Golden ... Frances Padden
Jim Bracchitta ... Jerold Specter
Lauren Klein Lauren Klein ... Judge Carla Solomon
J.K. Simmons ... Dr. Emil Skoda


Detectives Lennie Briscoe and Ed Green investigate the murder of a young boy, Aaron Polanski, who was found on a construction site with his trousers pulled down around his ankles and a AAA battery in his mouth. The medical examiner determines the boy died from a blow to the head but was not sexually assaulted. The police find two eyewitnesses to the crime, Tara Padden and Jenny Brandt - 13 and 10 years-old - but they soon begin to suspect they are lying. In fact, they come to believe they likely lured Aaron and killed him. Jenny seems to be the one who actually did the killing and after reviewing the facts, including Dr. Skoda's report, ADA McCoy wants the girl committed to a state mental hospital. The girl's lawyer counters with her own expert, Dr. Elizabeth Olivet, arguing the girl the girl can be treated outside of an institution. Written by garykmcd

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Release Date:

29 September 1999 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

New York City, New York, USA

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1.78 : 1
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This episode is also partially inspired by the case of James Bulger, a three year old boy who was abducted and murdered by two ten year old boys in Liverpool, UK in 1993. The horrific and shocking crime made international headlines at the time. See more »


When Jenny's lawyer meets with McCoy and Carmichael in the judge's chambers before trial, he is wearing a broad-stripe, burgundy-colored dress shirt. Then, during a brief shot from behind him, the stripes are narrow and navy-colored. See more »


Executive A.D.A. Jack McCoy: Would you want this kid loose in your neighborhood? The public is tired of violent children being sent to bed without their dessert.
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Remake of The Bad Seed (1985) See more »

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So the point is, Ms. Brandt, you didn't watch her like a hawk?
1 April 2018 | by CeccacciPaolo1977See all my reviews

A little boy was found dead in a construction site (inside a pipe) with his pants down, hit with a rock. Some children from the neighborhood found the body before the police and they called 911. One of them sold tickets to see the body (LOL). A pervert, working on a gas station, might have been the murderer, but the only witness (a little girl) lied to the police the first time. She, together with another friend of the same age (Hallee Hirsh), was seen with the victim shortly before the murder. Green knows how to deal with children and he let one girl talk. The perp was the daughter of a car thief recently arrested, but the one who confessed could have lied to police another time. Who pulled the strings?

In this episode you could see what run inside a brain of a child whose father was ripped off at early age that led her violence to escalate. Did she deserve a juvie home or a nuthouse? Figured it out by yourselves. Much work to be done for both psychologists (Skoda and Olivet).

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