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Loco Parentis 

A school bully is accused of killing a classmate. The killer's father is found to have helped foster his son's violent behavior, so the DA's office charges him with murder on account of depraved indifference.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
... Lennie Briscoe
... Ed Green
... Anita Van Buren
... Jack McCoy
... Abbie Carmichael
... Adam Schiff
... Robert Telford
... James Granick
Julie Boyd ... Sandra Telford
John Carter ... Judge Harlan Newfield
Max Ligosh ... Ryan Velardi
Rebecca Nelson ... Mrs. Skinner
... John Telford
... Dr. Elizabeth Rodgers
... Ellis


Detectives Lennie Briscoe and Ed Green investigate the murder of teenager Chris Skinner who was found dead on 56th St. His throat was slit and the medical examiner estimates a 6 inch blade was used. He also had bruises that were a couple of weeks old. They learn that he was out selling chocolate bars as part of a school fund-raiser with fellow student but they split up after a half hour or so. From students at Chris' high school, he appears to have been the victim of bullying and evidence points to John Telford, a student. The prosecutors have trouble linking the boy to the killing and DA Adam Schiff orders that the boy's father, Robert Telford - who ignored his son's violent behavior - be charged with murder as a result of depraved indifference. Evidence comes from an unexpected source. Written by garykmcd

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5 January 2000 (USA)  »

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This case states that a parent has never been charged with a crime committed by their child. As of the year 2015 many parents have now been held responsible, and legally charged, for crimes committed by their children. See more »


One character refers to a plastic garbage bag as "three millimeter". He means "three mils". A mil (in this context) is 1/1000 of an inch of thickness; three mils would be typical for a medium-duty plastic bag. Three millimeters would be about 1/8 inch, or 118 mils. See more »


Detective Lennie Briscoe: I had two daughters. One of them was murdered.
James Granick: Because she turned state's evidence in a drug case?
Detective Lennie Briscoe: She was gonna testify against a dealer.
James Granick: So she was selling drugs herself?
A.D.A. Abbie Carmichael: Objection!
Judge Harlan Newfield: Overruled.
Detective Lennie Briscoe: [reluctantly admitting it] Yeah, she was selling drugs.
James Granick: And as her father, under Mr. McCoy's theory, shouldn't you be held criminally responsible for her drug dealing?
Detective Lennie Briscoe: Criminally responsible? No. But I didn't give her the pills and teach her how to sell them.
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Kids are the same. Just the technology's different
30 April 2018 | by See all my reviews

A sixteen years old boy was found inside a plastic bag in a dumpster by two garbage men, killed by a karate gear. The place was a little far away from where the guy lived. His mother showed up at the crime scene very soon and this made detectives a little suspicious, because they thought she could have harassed her own child. Anyway, he used to sell candies to raise some money, some fellow pupils bullied him, considering him a nerd (he even tried to grow up his strength by practising bodybuilding to protect himself). Fingerprints in cigarette butts were enough to arrest a peer (Jacob Pitts), addicted to violent video games and porn movies. Detectives realized he used a strange weapon not so easy to found in performing the murder, maybe his father helped him in all this; everything against his mother's will.

Bad parenting? Is he really innocent or guilt? Audience have to figure out who is the real murderer. Briscoe was put in a bad position at trial, compelled to confess about his daughter's addiction.

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