A young British au pair is suspected of poisoning the baby in her care. Her defense tries to create reasonable doubt by emphasizing the neglect of the baby's working mother.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Wendy Karmel
Dennis Parlato ...
Warren Karmel
Ben Karmel
Rosemary De Angelis ...
Judge Beth Krieger
Leslie Ayvazian ...
Mrs. Karmel
Lila Crenshaw
María Cellario ...
Mrs. Wesserl


Detectives Briscoe and Curtis investigate the death of a toddler who is found dead in his crib. The autopsy reveals that the child was poisoned with nicotine, a common ingredient in pesticide. The investigation quickly focuses on the child's 19 year-old British nanny. She clearly was not happy in her current job but the terms of her employment required her to stay for a full year or she would have to pay for her return home, something she could not do. ADA McCoy is convinced of her guilt but when they catch one of their own witnesses in a lie, he gives an opening to the defense lawyer to get a confession on the stand. Written by garykmcd

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15 May 1996 (USA)  »

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ADA Kincaid states that Lila Crenshaw's lawyer is being paid by the British consulate. In reality, while British diplomatic facilities can provide general legal advice and advise on local lawyers, they cannot pay legal fees. See more »


Jack McCoy: You killed your brother because your father forgot?
Ben Karmel: He forgot everything. You know, I'm supposed to be his son too.
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Remade as Law & Order: UK: Shaken (2010) See more »

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Gives up a conviction notch for justice
7 February 2015 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

This particular Law And Order episode gladdened my heart. It shows that the DA's office, particularly Sam Waterston was more interested in justice than in another conviction notch. That's so refreshing to see in prosecutors.

A British au pair is settled on as the one who might have poisoned her infant with some extract from some plant medicine. Annika Peterson is not the most sympathetic of defendants, but she also has a sharp defense attorney in Patti Lupone.

Jill Hennessy is a hero herself. She catches the real killer with evidence gleaned from a disparity in testimony and in evidence introduced. What she and Waterston do with it is for you to see the story for.

Justice is beautifully served here.

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