One in this series of dramas that deals with the investigation, arrest, and prosecution of criminals. The first half of each episode concerns the police procedure that leads to the arrest of a suspect, while the second half covers the efforts of the district attorney to prosecute the case. In this episode, a father loses his baby in a playground and claims somebody kidnapped the child. A nanny in the playground describes a man she's seen around, who takes pictures of the children. Logan and Briscoe pay a visit to Robert Cole, the man described by many of the nannies, but he has an alibi that holds up. After an article of clothing belonging to the baby turns up a few blocks away from the parent's apartment, Briscoe forms a new theory concerning the case. The two detectives question the baby's father, but he admits to nothing. Upon further questioning, the father tells the officers where the baby is buried along the Hudson River. Despite the fact that the baby's body is found in a cooler, the father insists she died in her crib, which does take place in some circumstances. The family pediatrician then briefs Logan and Briscoe about the history of crib death and tells them about the other children the parents had who also died. An adoption agency informs the detectives about a boy the couple once adopted but were forced to give back after some strange occurrences took place. The parents are placed under arrest and McCoy and Kincaid are scheduled to try them for murder. The main issue in the case is that the mother has an acute need for attention and when she stopped getting attention after the birth of each child, she suffocated the infants in their cribs. Despite having a convincing amount of evidence, the jury can't come to a decision. McCoy is then willing to enter a plea bargain with the defense attorney but wants the mother to agree on an operation that will make her sterile. The odds of the judge agreeing with this are highly unlikely, but then McCoy learns that the mother is two months pregnant. Finally, the husband admits the truth about the infant's death. Commercials deleted.


  • DATE: November 9, 1994 Wednesday 10:00 PM
  • RUNNING TIME: 0:47:14
  • COLOR/B&W: Color
  • CATALOG ID: T:34899
  • GENRE: Drama, police/detective
  • SERIES RUN: NBC - TV series, 1990-2010


  • Ed Sherin … Executive Producer
  • Dick Wolf … Executive Producer, Created by
  • Mark B. Perry … Supervising Producer
  • Michael S. Chernuchin … Supervising Producer
  • Lewis H. Gould … Producer
  • Arthur W. Forney … Producer
  • Jeffrey Hayes … Producer
  • Ed Zuckerman … Co-Producer
  • Rene Balcer … Producer, Writer
  • Jody Milano Vanderputten … Associate Producer
  • Billy Fox … Associate Producer
  • Constantine Makris … Director
  • I.C. Rapoport … Writer
  • Mike Post … Music by
  • Jerry Orbach … Cast, Detective Lennie Briscoe
  • Chris Noth … Cast, Detective Mike Logan
  • S. Epatha Merkerson … Cast, Lieutenant Anita Van Buren
  • Sam Waterston … Cast, Assistant D.A. Jack McCoy
  • Jill Hennessy … Cast, Assistant D.A. Claire Kincaid
  • Steven Hill … Cast, D.A. Adam Schiff
  • Joel Leffert … Cast, Robert Cole
  • Julie Boyd … Cast, Eileen Willick
  • Sam Gray … Cast, Judge Leon
  • Nada Rowland … Cast, Dr. Slavin
  • Maria Tucci … Cast, Helen Brolin
  • Brooks Rogers … Cast, Dr. Royce
  • Becky Borczon … Cast, Theresa Tritch
  • Gibby Brand … Cast, Dr. Charles Webb
  • Kim Staunton … Cast, Sally Parks
  • Keely Eastley … Cast, Dr. Irene Mischier
  • Donald Corren … Cast, Medill
  • Amy Hohn … Cast, Assistant Medical Examiner
  • Eileen Galindo … Cast, Nanny #1
  • Alta Withers … Cast, Nanny #2
  • Elizabeth Sastre … Cast, the Au-Pair
  • Floyd Vivino … Cast, the Building Super
  • Jackye Roberts … Cast, the Yuppie Mother
  • Kevin O'Rourke … Cast, Marty Willick
  • Holley Stewart … Cast, Patterson
  • Michael Bias … Cast, Gillespie
  • Craig Noble … Cast, CSU Policeman
  • John Louis Fischer … Cast, Uniformed Policeman
  • Constance Tizard-Lewis … Cast, Jury Forewoman
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