Detectives Briscoe and Curtis investigate the death of a recently adopted baby who the parents say fell out of her crib. When the police search an apartment, they find another child, their 7 year old Nicholas Waring who, they subsequently find, was severely abused before he was adopted by his current parents but is now a sociopath. Recently transferred ADA Abbie Carmichael takes charge of the case intent on finding what exactly happened. It all leads to a Russian baby broker who was finding homes for sick children and an American couple who got rid of the baby as soon as they found out how ill she was.
Did You Know?
Atypical teratoid growths, as they were known as in 1998; they are currently known as Atypical teratoid rhabdoid tumors (AT/RT), are rare tumors that are usually diagnosed in early childhood, these types of tumors were first discovered in 1996 so at the time of this episode not much were known about them. Although they usually occur in the brain these types of tumors can occur anywhere in the central nervous system, including the spinal cord as with the baby girl in this episode but tumors being in that area are very rare with only 2% of AT/RT's being found in the spine. In the United States, three children per 1,000,000 or around 30 new AT/RT cases are diagnosed each year. Pediatric brain cancer is the second-leading cause of childhood death, just after leukemia. At the time this episode took place in 1998 a diagnosis of AT/RT was pretty much a death sentence, but as of 2018 the survival rate for AT/RT with early diagnosis is 60%. See more
ADA Jack McCoy
[after being told every Russian baby sent to America gets the doctor $20,000 which he claims goes to the kids at the orphanage
Doesn't it say that the orphanage only gets $2,000 per child? Where does that other $18,000 go? To your Jaguar, your summer home, that $1500 suit you're wearing now?
References The Exorcist