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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Wendy Karmel
Dennis Parlato ...
Warren Karmel
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Ben Karmel
Rosemary De Angelis ...
Judge Beth Krieger
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Lila Crenshaw
María Cellario ...
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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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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 »

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Lt. Anita Van Buren: [referring to the Karmels] He's 48; she's 27?
Detective Lennie Briscoe: My hero!
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Remade as Law & Order: UK: Shaken (2010) See more »

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The Baby Didn't Have A Chance
16 August 2013 | by (Allentown, PA) – See all my reviews

What was sad about this episode was that no one in this baby's life cared for him properly. The prosecution focused on the Au pair and the baby's mother but everyone in this baby's life was focused on something else. When they did focus on the baby, they saw someone else.

In the very first scene, the father expected behavior and ability that no 5 month old could achieve. Even the Au pair pointed knew this. Neither parent thought that perhaps someone other than an Au pair art student from another country should care full time for a baby. The agency did not match the abilities of this particular Au pair with the right family. The ex-wife had no love for the new baby. Interestingly, no one asked the son from the first marriage how the divorce and new family affected him.

Too bad the two sons couldn't have become brothers.


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