A 10 year old girl may be responsible for the murder of a little boy in her neighborhood.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Ms. Sharkey
Jocelyn Brandt
Tara Padden
Joseph Murphy ...
Vince Brandt
Frances Padden
Jim Bracchitta ...
Jerold Specter
Lauren Klein ...


Detectives Lennie Briscoe and Ed Green investigate the murder of a young boy, Aaron Polanski, who was found on a construction site with his trousers pulled down around his ankles and a AAA battery in his mouth. The medical examiner determines the boy died from a blow to the head but was not sexually assaulted. The police find two eyewitnesses to the crime, Tara Padden and Jenny Brandt - 13 and 10 years-old - but they soon begin to suspect they are lying. In fact, they come to believe they likely lured Aaron and killed him. Jenny seems to be the one who actually did the killing and after reviewing the facts, including Dr. Skoda's report, ADA McCoy wants the girl committed to a state mental hospital. The girl's lawyer counters with her own expert, Dr. Elizabeth Olivet, arguing the girl the girl can be treated outside of an institution. Written by garykmcd

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29 September 1999 (USA)  »

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Elements of the episode were also taken from the case of Mary Flora Bell, an 11-year old who strangled two toddler boys to death and mutilated their bodies. See more »


Adam Schiff: Little girl killers?
A.D.A. Abbie Carmichael: You don't believe it because they wear knee-socks and pigtails?
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Hallee Hirsh deserves an Emmy for her performance in this episode
1 August 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This episode ranks in the top 10-13 of all Law & Order episodes. Instead of two cases, it revolves around just one, the murder of a young boy who was placed in a sewer pipe with batteries in his mouth. After running down various leads, it starts looking like the perpetrator is a young 11 year old girl name Jenny Brandt and played to perfection by Hallee Hirsh. Where this young girl found the motivation to be able to go to the depths of evil she was able to do is beyond me. I had previously seen her in nice roles like playing Tom Hanks eight year old Aunt Annabelle in You've Got Mail. I have also seen her since in a wide variety of roles, both nice (Disney Channel movie) and not so nice (Dr Greene's daughter on ER). Most recently, last month, she starred on a Hallmark Channel movie opposite Richard Thomas in a movie called Wild Hearts. At any rate, her performance in Killerz should have won her an Emmy. Especially eerie were the closeups on her face during her trial - the look in her eyes as each stage of the trial progressed and when it became apparent that she was going to get away with it. The final look at a little boy entering the building was the clincher! I expect a very long and productive career from young Hallee Hirsh.

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