Law & Order: Season 10, Episode 12

Mother's Milk (9 Feb. 2000)

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Jack asks Abbie to try a case involving a young mother accused of starving her baby to death.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Tessa Ghylin ...
Amy Beltran
Jimmy Beltran
Mitch Palichek
Peggy Roeder ...
Helen Beltran
Lee Brock ...
Miss Strickland


Detectives Lennie Briscoe and Ed Green investigate a possible crime when a landlord discovers broken glass and blood in an apartment that had been abandoned by the tenants. Amy and James Beltran had lived there for only for months and she had recently given birth to a boy, Kyle. They quickly track down James, whose is living with his parents, but he refuses to tell them anything other that the baby is with his wife. A local priest says James has been attending mass up to three times a week recently but not with his wife and child. When they finally find her, she insists that the baby is with her husband. When they find the baby's remains buried in his parents backyard, the medical examiner determines that the baby starved to death over a period of several weeks. It turns out Amy was having difficulty breastfeeding her baby and after getting advice from an overzealous lactation counselor, she thought it was wrong to give the baby formula. Guilt or innocence is left up to the judge in a... Written by garykmcd

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Dr. Elizabeth Rodgers: The bag the baby was placed in was filled with sawdust and plaster. Only I didn't find anything in either the baby's lungs or nasal cavities.
A.D.A. Abbie Carmichael: The baby was dead before it was placed inside the bag?
Dr. Elizabeth Rodgers: Thank god.
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Lactation, that's the name of the game
1 March 2015 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

Jerry Orbach and Jesse Martin respond to an empty house with no parents and no baby which had been crying considerably. It all ends as one would expect with a dead baby buried in the father's parents backyard.

Leslie Hendrix's autopsy shows starvation. But not like the parents set out with malice aforethought to kill their newborn. For whatever reason the baby was not taking his mother's breast milk. Tessa Ghylin went to nutritionist Lee Brock who is a staunch advocate of exclusive breast feeding. But when the baby rejects mother's milk, what to do.

It is the position of the District Attorney that when all is said and done it is the mother that has the primary responsibility for care of the child. The father should have a hand in this as well which is why Michael C. Williams takes a plea and agrees to testify against his wife. He can as long as no privileged communication is divulged.

Angie Harmon prosecutes this one herself. She fought to have it that way. But she gets thrown a curve when defense attorney Donna Murphy requests for a bench trial before female judge Susan Blommaert. Fortunately the judge happened to be a woman. I know I would feel ill at ease were I a judge in this case with the issues involved.

As to how you might feel watch the episode and discover.

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