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



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Ms. Sharkey
Jocelyn Brandt
Tara Padden
Joseph Murphy ...
Vince Brandt
Frances Padden
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 »


Ms. Sharkey: Your Honor, my client is ten years old. She has teddy bears on her bedspread and a Big Bird piggy bank filled with pennies and she killed a child. It's so incongruous, it's almost inconceivable. Dr. Olivett has testified that because of her age and because of the way her brain works she simply couldn't appreciate that as she struck Aaron Polansky with a rock she was killing him. Jenny thought she could revive him with a one and a half volt battery. It speaks for itself. Mr. McCoy's position is ...
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Hallee Hirch's Most Memorable Performance!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! (Warning: Spoilers)
9 September 2010 | by (new york) – See all my reviews

Years from now, people will still be asking Hallee Hirch about the character of Jenny Brandt, which she so brilliantly defined. I agree an award should have been given her for this episode. So help me, I found her more frightening than Patty Mcormanck in "The Bad Seed."

If you have NOT seen it, do not read further. If so, go ahead:

I had to agree with Slocum and McCoy. Jenny is, in one's words, "a textbook serial killer." Lock the rotten little bitch up, and throw away the key. The last shot shows McCoy is right.

One criticism with the script was its stacking too much Jenny's lower class, trash background. Sderial killers can come from here, but they can also hail from the upper classes. Another thing--the case was gender biased. The perp was a cute little girl. The judge, defense attorney, and Dr. Olivett were women. I can't help but wonder--IF Jenny had been a boy, who murdered a small girl, what would have been the cause. Damn sure he would have gotten a stronger sentence.

Women get away with everything, and this episode illustrates that. It also shows people can't see beyond cuteness to true evil. I say bring Hallee, 11 years later, back as Jenny, and see how she has turned out. I guarantee Hallee will do another excellent job, but Jenny will not have improved any. She will only have gotten worse!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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