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.
Did You Know?
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.
Remake of The Bad Seed