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In a Child's Name 

A true story about a woman who fights her brother-in-law's parents for custody of her deceased sister's baby upon learning that her brother-in-law murdered her sister.




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Complete series cast summary:
Valerie Bertinelli ...  Angela Silvano Cimarelli 2 episodes, 1991
Michael Ontkean ...  Kenneth Taylor 2 episodes, 1991
Timothy Carhart ...  Lt. Robert Fausak 2 episodes, 1991
David Huddleston ...  Zach Taylor 2 episodes, 1991
John Karlen ...  Joe Silvano 2 episodes, 1991
Caroline Kava ...  Janice Miller 2 episodes, 1991
Christopher Meloni ...  Jerry Cimarelli 2 episodes, 1991
Joanna Merlin ...  Frances Silvano 2 episodes, 1991
Mitchell Ryan ...  Peter Chappell 2 episodes, 1991
Karla Tamburrelli Karla Tamburrelli ...  Teresa Silvano Taylor 2 episodes, 1991
Andy Hirsch ...  Andrew Silvano 2 episodes, 1991
Vincent Guastaferro ...  Malinouski 2 episodes, 1991
Louise Fletcher ...  Jean Taylor 2 episodes, 1991
Nancy McLoughlin ...  Marilyn Taylor 2 episodes, 1991
Eric Tilley Eric Tilley ...  Tom Taylor 2 episodes, 1991
Sam Vlahos ...  Dr. Vargas 2 episodes, 1991
Sharon Merle Sharon Merle ...  Dental Assistant 2 episodes, 1991
Caroline Dollar Caroline Dollar ...  Astrid 2 episodes, 1991
C.K. Bibby C.K. Bibby ...  Dr. Longwell 2 episodes, 1991
Robert C. Treveiler ...  Dr. Kingston 2 episodes, 1991
Meredith Boston Meredith Boston ...  Lamaze Instructor 2 episodes, 1991
Jeff Allin ...  Edward Lindsay 2 episodes, 1991
Randal Patrick Randal Patrick ...  Ray Engler 2 episodes, 1991
Dennis Cockrum ...  Gregg Reid 2 episodes, 1991
Frank Hoyt Taylor ...  Rev. John Hickman 2 episodes, 1991
Lou Criscuolo Lou Criscuolo ...  Peter Maas 2 episodes, 1991
Jeffrey Pillars Jeffrey Pillars ...  Friendly Guard 2 episodes, 1991
Randell Haynes Randell Haynes ...  Judge Kittleston 2 episodes, 1991
Susan Rohrer Susan Rohrer ...  Judge Langdon 2 episodes, 1991
John Bennes John Bennes ...  Judge Myrick 2 episodes, 1991
Linda Pierce Linda Pierce ...  Judge Skinner 2 episodes, 1991
Terry Loughlin ...  Judge Neuwirth 2 episodes, 1991
Mert Hatfield Mert Hatfield ...  Judge Pendleton 2 episodes, 1991
Tom Mason ...  Judge Shipp 2 episodes, 1991
Sal Ruffino Sal Ruffino ...  Desk Officer 2 episodes, 1991
Brad Moranz Brad Moranz ...  Delivery Room Doctor 2 episodes, 1991
Sandy Okada Sandy Okada ...  O.B. Nurse 2 episodes, 1991
Amy Lord Amy Lord ...  Karen Oliveria 2 episodes, 1991
Nicky Hammerhead Nicky Hammerhead ...  Witness 2 episodes, 1991
Diana Taylor Diana Taylor ...  Jury Forewoman 2 episodes, 1991
Rick Warner Rick Warner ...  Carl Stampler 2 episodes, 1991
Mark Joy ...  Lawyer Norton 2 episodes, 1991
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A true story about a woman who fights her brother-in-law's parents for custody of her deceased sister's baby upon learning that her brother-in-law murdered her sister.

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Release Date:

17 November 1991 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Der Taylor-Mord - Kampf um ein Kind See more »

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New World Television See more »
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(2 parts)

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Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Theresa's sister's name was Celeste (nee Benigno) White. Her husband was named Jefferson(Jeff) White. The child was Phillip Andrew Taylor until his adoption when he took the surname White. See more »

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Transcends the cliches of its genre
23 October 2002 | by budikavlanSee all my reviews

This movie epitomizes two telefilm genres (the Sunday Night Tearjerker and the Lifetime Movie) but towers above most examples of both. It aired as a two-parter; the first half told the story of a woman's murder by her husband and his eventual arrest for the crime, while the second concerned the custody battle over the couple's son between her sister (Bertinelli) and his parents (Huddleston and Fletcher).

The first half retains an admirable level of tension throughout, though the crime isn't ever really a mystery. Thankfully, the actual crime is not shown, though the filmmakers found a better way to convey its brutality: the final shot of the first half of the show is one of the most shocking sights I've ever seen on television.

The custody battle in the second part is less suspenseful but raises several interesting questions. The cultural bias by the killer's parents against the evil, urban, ethnic (Italian) family of the victim had some resonance in their son's marriage. Not to overgeneralize, but a friend of mine was married to a man from rural Indiana and his family was a LOT like the people in this film. The filmmakers clearly sided with wife's family on this point--the "moral" Hoosiers are both unattractive and unpleasant. The question of how their "heartland values" produced their monster of a son is never really addressed.

The performances are uniformly excellent and often surprising. Bertinelli and Chris Meloni as her husband prove to be far more than a couple of (very) pretty faces, as does Michael Ontkean as the cold blooded killer. It is important that this not get lost by being lumped in with the scores of similar but inferior TV movies.

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