Law & Order: Special Victims Unit: Season 12, Episode 11

Pop (5 Jan. 2011)

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While investigating a boy's death, Stabler uncovers a teenage fighting ring, and tries to reach out to one of the fighters, who is being abused and forced to participate by his cruel stepfather.

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A young boy is found dead on a park carousel after being dropped off by his uncle Joe Gilbert. When Detectives Benson and Stabler learn that the boy was beaten to death they suspect that it could be the result of a bully at school. The investigation leads to an unsettling gambling ring. Detectives suspect that Gilbert's acquaintance, Joe Roberts is beating his wife Sandra and the case takes a horrifying turn. Written by NBC Publicity

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Family battering
2 February 2013 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

One of the more heartbreaking episodes on SVU was this one where the squad gets involved with the discovery of a dead middle school kid on an amusement park carousel. With Christopher Meloni taking the lead on this case, they uncover a teenage bare knuckle fight ring that some real extreme alpha dads are running. I use 'dad' in the loosest sense possible because the dead victim was being pimped out by his uncle and the kid who actually killed him was a punching bag for his stepdad who did legally adopt him.

It's the second one we're concerned with here. Mother and son played by Drea DeMatteo and Al Calderon are abused and battered by Adam Senn, but she has nowhere to go as if him paying the bills and putting food on the table gives Senn a right to beat up on them both.

After Senn is arrested and released on bail he winds up dead and Calderon is arrested for it. But who in fact did kill Senn, both mother and son could have done the deed and with the picture painted of Senn who could have blamed them.

Meloni doesn't in fact he gets Olympe Dukakis as a defense attorney for for Calderon. He's going to need one as prosecutor Melissa Sagemiller has an inexplicable desire to crucify this kid.

In the end Calderon has one, maybe two murders under his belt, yet he's the victim here. Weird, but true in a fascinating episode about family battering.


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