An immature, irresponsible young mother is assumed to have killed her child, but it turns out to be part of a measles outbreak. A.D.A. Cabot then goes after the mother of the child who started the outbreak, who refused to immunize him.

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An immature, irresponsible young mother is assumed to have killed her child, but it turns out to be part of a measles outbreak. A.D.A. Cabot then goes after the mother of the child who started the outbreak, who refused to immunize him.

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Partly inspired by the death of Caylee Anthony. See more »

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Checking on the Sierra sighting tip, Stabler whistles at the baby in the car to get her attention to take the photo. Before the shutter clicks, the baby's photo is clearly shown as already taken, but then the shutter clicks and it shows up at the precinct a few frames later. See more »

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Judge Arthur Cohen: [while Cabot is texting her cell phone in court] Uh, Ms. Cabot, are we keeping you from some important business?
Alexandra Cabot: I'm sorry, Your Honor. The People request remand.
Sophie Devere: What?
Alexandra Cabot: The defendant has established a pattern of theft and obfuscation. We consider her an extreme flight risk.
Sophie Devere: Ms. Walker has no criminal record. To keep her locked up over these two charges is ridiculous.
Judge Arthur Cohen: Uh, that sounds a little extreme. Even for you, Ms. Cabot, and if you don't put that phone down, I'm going to hold you in contempt!
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What was the NY County DA thinking here?
7 February 2015 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

This SVU episode casts Hillary Duff in a role you would never have seen her play on Lizzie McGuire. Not to put too fine a point on it, but Duff is a wild trash slut who takes after her wild trash mother. They go down to the bar and match drink for drink while dad just pays the bills.

Duff's baby has gone missing and in fact the whole thing is a big concoction of a story. She buried her child in a dump site, but it turns out the kid died from measles.

This is where this episode goes totally haywire. A little investigation by the SVU squad shows that the measles virus was brought by a kid who was visiting from the Dominican Republic and left, passed on to Anastasia Barzee's child who also died. Barzee didn't vaccinate her kid and she's charged with criminally negligent homicide. Never mind that Duff also didn't vaccinate her kid, she's out partying her life away.

I'm still trying to figure out why Duff wasn't charged. If they could have charged her mother Gail O'Grady that would have been better, but I can't see liability there.

3 women, O'Grady, Duff, and Barzee give great performances in a story that's absolutely off the wall. As I write this there's this anti- vaccination movement that has taken off, one of those irrational things that creep up in American history and normally go as fast as they come.

I think that whole business is nuts. I had measles as a kid and it was pretty bad for me. I've got natural immunity now, but this whole business of the anti-vaccine movement scares me for the fact that willfully ignorant parents are making life and death decisions for their kids. I had an uncle who lived to be 89, but as a child nearly died from diphtheria. This was before World War I. My grandfather certainly wished for that kind of a vaccination then. We have it now and diphtheria's been wiped out. So maybe we should abandon that vaccination and bring diphtheria back for the future generations.

What was the DA thinking in this case?


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