Benson and Stabler suspect parental neglect in the death of the son of two famous singers, The detectives fear for their surviving daughter, who has a history of serious injuries, and ... See full summary »

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... Elliot Stabler
... Olivia Benson
... John Munch
... Alexandra Cabot
... Odafin Tutuola
... Donald Cragen
Christine Andreas ... Ricki Austin
... Dr. Melinda Warner
... David Russo
Babo Harrison ... Connie
... Sarah
Leslie Ayvazian ... Judge Susan Valdera
... Dr. Elizabeth Olivet
... Ashley Austin Black
Amy Bouril ... Holly
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Benson and Stabler suspect parental neglect in the death of the son of two famous singers, The detectives fear for their surviving daughter, who has a history of serious injuries, and Benson grows attached to her. Her parents resent Benson attention to their daughter, and they take out a restraining order, which puts Benson's job in jeopardy. Written by Jim Lankin

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Hayden Panettiere guest stars as a child who is supposedly "accident prone" and is constantly suffering from a wide variety of injuries. Panettiere would later go on to achieve fame for her role in "Heroes", where she plays a character who cannot be harmed at all. See more »

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Donald Cragen: [to Olivia] Are you trying to get fired? Because that's the only option I have left.
Detective Olivia Benson: Would I put myself on the line if I didn't know what was in store for this little girl?
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Nothing the state can mandate
7 October 2015 | by See all my reviews

This is one of the stranger SVU episodes ever done and it shows the limitations that the squad has. Limitations I'm not sure shouldn't be in place.

The squad gets called in on the death of a young boy in a traffic accident that proves to be just that. He's the son of a celebrity couple so it's big news.

But his sister young Hayden Panettiere develops this attachment to Olivia Benson that comes out of nowhere. Mariska Hargitay does not quite know what to make of it, but she suspects abuse.

The trouble is that no matter what law enforcement brings to bear the parents especially mother Christine Andreas counters more than effectively with her connections and clout.

And we're never sure quite what's going on here. Young Panettiere might just simply be ignored by her ever busy and absent parents. That is considered a form of abuse, but not something that the state can get a grasp on. If she were being ignored in the sense of starved or ill kempt with dirty clothes, etc. this might be something they can do about. But what's happening here never seems to rise.

Olivia Benson's maternal instincts are awakened, but she's certainly stymied and the interesting part of the whole story is that it's never clear what is going on. The kid is in need no doubt, but I'm not sure there is anything the state can mandate.


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