New assistant D.A. Abbie Carmichael aggressively pursues an infant's death, and helps uncover a conspiracy involving a Russian adoption agency, gravely ill children, and an unethical doctor.


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Jeanne Ruskin ...
Connerys' Attorney
Graham Winton ...
Mr. Waring
Nicholas Waring
Lisa Bostnar ...
Elizabeth Waring
Monique Fowler ...
Megan Connery
Edward Conery ...
Edward Connery
Victor Steinbach ...
Dr. Andre Kostov
Tom Stechschulte ...
Judge Harold Rockwell


Detectives Briscoe and Curtis investigate the death of a recently adopted baby who the parents say fell out of her crib. When the police search an apartment, they find another child, their 7 year old Nicholas Waring who, they subsequently find, was severely abused before he was adopted by his current parents but is now a sociopath. Recently transferred ADA Abbie Carmichael takes charge of the case intent on finding what exactly happened. It all leads to a Russian baby broker who was finding homes for sick children and an American couple who got rid of the baby as soon as they found out how ill she was. Written by garykmcd

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23 September 1998 (USA)  »

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Abby Carmichael transferred from "Special Narcotics" where she worked for four years, and had a 95% conviction rate. See more »


ADA Jack McCoy: [after being told every Russian baby sent to America gets the doctor $20,000 which he claims goes to the kids at the orphanage] Doesn't it say that the orphanage only gets $2,000 per child? Where does that other $18,000 go? To your Jaguar, your summer home, that $1500 suit you're wearing now?
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Criminally negligent neglect
21 February 2015 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

Angie Harmon makes her Law And Order debut as Sam Waterstonn's second chair as both the police and DA's office try to decide who is culpable in the death of a baby who looked to be 3 months old, but was really 2 years old, a bit more. There is neglect here, criminally negligent neglect.

Back they go in the short and sad history of this child and at first the logical assumption is the parents that had him last and who called the police when they found the baby girl not breathing. They look even better for it when they are also discovered to have a serial killer in the making child in Spencer Breslin as an older brother. This kid is Charles Manson waiting to happen.

It settles on the parents who had the little girl before and upon the Russian doctor played by Theodore Steimbach who signed off on the adoption papers. He's got a great little racket going selling off unhealthy kids without telling them.

You also have to hand it to the American health care system. No insurance to cover these kids because of pre-existing conditions. Gotta love it.

Abby Carmichael nails them good.

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