A Broadway producer's daughter is abducted from a department store. Later, she and her mother are found in a women's shelter. The mother claims that the daughter was abused by her father, but the daughter's accounts are inconsistent.

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Gary Silver
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Briscoe and Logan investigate a possible abduction of a young girl, Samantha Silver, who disappears from a crowded department when she is out shopping with her nanny. Her father is Gary Silver, a well-known Broadway producer. The case takes a major twist however when they locate the child with her mother, who claims she had taken the child because her ex-husband has been sexually molesting her. Her claim is backed up by several child protection advocates and a pediatrician's report that seems to confirm the little girl was molested. ADA Stone knows however that these types of cases are difficult to prosecute as they inevitably have to rely on the child's testimony. Written by garykmcd

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6 January 1993 (USA)  »

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During the hearing about the accusation video tape the judge references the Claus Von Bulow case. In that case, the judge allowed evidence that was obtained by a third party with a vested interest (namely a black bag with syringes and insulin that was found by a private detective hired by the son of Von Bulow's wife, his supposed victim, who wanted Von Bulow incarcerated). This decision was highly controversial and has lead many to question whether Von Bulow did in fact kill his wife. See more »

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Adam Schiff: My grandson plays Little League. I tell him, "Go get 'em, tiger." I pat him on the can and you'd haul me away in leg irons.
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Difficulties in prosecuting child victimizer
21 July 2017 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

One of the sickest of crimes, abuse of little children is one of the most difficult to prosecute. Something that Michael Moriarty and Richard Brooks are reminded of in this episode.

The child of divorced parents Barry Primus and Anna Holbrook is snatched from a department store in midtown Manhattan from the nanny that Primus hired. Jerry Orbach and Chris Noth find the victim with her mother at a shelter run by pyschologist Joyce Van Patten. They accuse the father of sexual abuse.

In the end accusations are made all around. Primus is accused of molesting his daughter, Holbrook is accused of wanting total custody, Van Patten is called a charlatan by some and a saint by others. The little girl takes the stand, but her credibility is in question and she may have been coached.

I'm sure a lot of perpetrators get off or are never brought to trial because the littlest victims make such terrible witnesses. They can and have been manipulated in the past and will be again in the future.

Watch the episode and see what you think of the characters and their motivations.


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