Law & Order: Season 8, Episode 2

Denial (8 Oct. 1997)

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Bloody sheets and an apparently stolen credit card lead Briscoe and Curtis to a pair of college age lovers who present McCoy and Ross with a united front of denial that one of them killed their newborn son and disposed of the body.


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Benjamin Hendrickson ...
Warren Talbert
Jan Maxwell ...
Mrs. Sarah Talbert
Mags Chernock ...
Christina Talbert
Zach Chapman ...
Tommy Horton
Doris Belack ...
Evalyn Baron
Mark Zimmerman ...


Bloody sheets and an apparently stolen credit card lead Briscoe and Curtis to a pair of college age lovers who present McCoy and Ross with a united front of denial that one of them killed their newborn son and disposed of the body.

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Based on the case of Amy Grossberg and Brian Peterson. On November 12, 1996, Grossberg, then an 18-year-old at the University of Delaware, gave birth to a baby boy in a room at the Comfort Inn in Newark, Delaware. She had hid her pregnancy from everyone but Peterson. Peterson, then an 18-year-old student at Gettysburg College, and Grossberg's longtime boyfriend delivered the child. Conflicting stories have made the subsequent events a mystery to anyone except the couple, but Peterson and Grossberg claim they believed the infant to be stillborn, wrapped him in a garbage bag, and disposed of him in a dumpster. The bloody sheets were discovered by a cleaning woman, who immediately contacted police. After returning to school, Grossberg began to have severe seizures as a result of not having expelled the placenta. She was taken to a hospital, and it was clear to the doctors that she had just given birth. Not long after, police officials and the hospital put the two incidents together. K-9 Police dogs found the body in the dumpster. See more »


[last lines]
A.D.A. Jamie Ross: Baby's dead, and no one's responsible.
D.A. Adam Schiff: No one was responsible when it was alive, either.
Jack McCoy: Warren Talbert's still in jail. We could get him for obstruction of justice, destruction of evidence.
D.A. Adam Schiff: [wearily] We got beat. Just send him home to his family.
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Interesting legal episode
8 November 2011 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

In "Denial" we find the crew investigating a dead baby in a hotel room. The detective side of the story is pretty unremarkable, with no real detours and nothing too amusing about their trip from crime scene to suspects. However, the legal side of the episode is quite good, exploring what happens when parents go to trial for killing a newborn, one of the most offensive crimes out there.

I thought this was a good episode because these cases crop up every few years and often play out in the ambiguous, frustrating way they do in this story. This episode is a downer and it's supposed to be one, because this is an ugly issue any realistic way you look at it.

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