Law & Order (1990–2010)
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A child's collapse in school from mortal injuries leads to an investigation that uncovers a family steeped in horrific abuse.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Donald Cragen
Paul Robinette
Adam Schiff
Carla Lowenstein
Judge Milton Erdheim
John Seitz ...
Dr. Jacob Lowenstein
Paul Geier ...
Eugenia Rawlings
Gordon Joseph Weiss ...
Rudy Scelza
Eugene Troobnick ...
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Sgt. Greevey and Det. Logan investigate a possible case of child abuse when a young girl, Didi Lowenstein, is found at school badly beaten and near unconscious. The attending physician says there's no way her injuries could have happened accidentally. When they speak to Didi's mother Carla however, she seems to be in a strangely passive and indifferent state of mind. The police are surprised that little has been done to investigate her situation and even more so when they learn Didi's father Jacob is a psychiatrist. As the evidence mounts, it's clear that Carla is the one who struck Didi but ADA Stone wants Jacob for murder as it was he who actually created the reign of terror that existed in the Lowenstein household. Written by garykmcd

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27 November 1990 (USA)  »

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Did You Know?


This is the only episode of the series in which a long disclaimer was read aloud, pointing out the actual conclusion of the real case, that of Joel and Lisa Steinberg. See more »


Immediately after ADA Stone stops questioning the ME who performed the autopsy, he calls the dead victim's mother to the stand. Since the ME is a prosecution witness, Mr. Stone questions him first, meaning that the defense should have an opportunity to cross-examine the ME. Even if the defense chooses to ask no questions, the attorney must be given the opportunity to cross-examine, and the presiding judge should have at least asked the defense whether it cared to cross-examine before allowing the wife to be sworn in. See more »


Principal Babcock: Why don't you stick to police work, *detective*?
Mike Logan: Why don't you stop trying to cover your ass, *Mr. Babcock*?
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References My Friend the Devil (1922) See more »

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Undoubtedly the Hedda Nussbaum/Joel Steinberg story
8 February 2018 | by See all my reviews

An early example where history of spousal abuse figured in the charges and findings of the case. The battered face of Hedda was front page news in NYC for months, well cast here, as is the husband who strongly resembles Steinberg. Show disclaimer notwithstanding.

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