A woman claims that a Puerto Rican man kidnapped her infant daughter while she was in a church confessional. However, she later confesses to killing her baby and cremating her body.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
... Lennie Briscoe
... Rey Curtis
... Anita Van Buren
... Jack McCoy
... Claire Kincaid
... Adam Schiff
Elizabeth Connors ... Leah Coleman (as Elizabeth Hanly Rice)
Michael Dolan ... Keith Coleman
... Father Carney
... Judge Rebecca Stein
... Dr. Elizabeth Olivet
... Ross Fineman
Ralph Buckley ... Cox
... Detective Tony Profaci
... Jack Wilderman


Detectives Lenny Briscoe and Ray Curtis investigate a baby kidnapping when Leah Coleman reports that a Perto Rican man took her child, Rachel, out of her stroller. Curtis decides to spend a day with Leah retracing her steps in the hope she may remember something important. In a quiet moment in her church, she tells him that she smothered her baby with a pillow and then incinerated her remains. McCoy thinks he has an open and shut case and is doubly pleased when he learns that a relatively inexperienced public defender, Ross Fineman, has been assigned her case. He's somewhat taken aback with Fineman's proposed defense and his outrageous attempt at manipulating the jury. Written by garykmcd

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29 November 1995 (USA)  »

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Did You Know?


Actor Fisher Stevens (Ross Fineman) once again continues the tradition of an actor playing multiple characters throughout the L&O universe. In edition to this episode he has appeared in one episode of Homicide: Life on the Street (1993), two episodes of Law & Order: Criminal Intent (2001) and two episodes of Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (1999) playing a different character each time. See more »


Jack McCoy: Maybe she was just downright bad.
Dr. Elizabeth Olivet: You actually believe that?
Jack McCoy: With all due respect to your profession, Liz, I think it's been overplayed in the courtroom.
Dr. Elizabeth Olivet: So people are just good or bad, period.
Jack McCoy: It's better than healthy or sick. Deny evil, you deny responsibility. Open up the jails. Send everyone to a shrink.
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References The Oprah Winfrey Show (1984) See more »

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