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 »


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An SVU episode 15 years later would be great!
13 April 2013 | by (Bay Area, ca) – See all my reviews

This is one of my favorite Law & Order episodes. Halee is such a talented actress in this episode.. I always hoped that there would be an episode on SVU several years later where young boys are being killed by a serial killer and have her be one of the suspects. You could tell she was not going to stop hurting boys. The way Hallee looked at the young boy at the end of the episode still makes me get chills....we don't see a lot of female predators on Special Victims Unit, and now she would be in her 20's now and be even worse. Come on Dick Wolf!! It would be a great story line, and all of your longtime Law & Order fans would love it!

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