When the body of a baby girl is found inside a cooler, the detectives need to investigate just who she is and how she got there. They soon learn that the little girl had a genetic disorder ... See full summary »


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Christopher Meloni ... Elliot Stabler
Mariska Hargitay ... Olivia Benson
Richard Belzer ... John Munch
Stephanie March ... Alexandra Cabot
Ice-T ... Odafin Tutuola
BD Wong ... Dr. George Huang (as B.D. Wong)
Dann Florek ... Donald Cragen
Judd Hirsch ... Dr. Judah Platner
Larry Bryggman ... Mr. Rowan
Viola Davis ... Donna Emmett
Gregg Edelman ... Daniel Brown
Stephen Schnetzer ... Rabbi
Ned Luke ... Roger Swanson
Patty Weaver Patty Weaver ... Clinic Clerk
Tamara Tunie ... Dr. Melinda Warner


When the body of a baby girl is found inside a cooler, the detectives need to investigate just who she is and how she got there. They soon learn that the little girl had a genetic disorder known as Tay-Sachs disease, and that her name is Sarah Brown, and she is the only daughter of Andrea and Daniel Brown. When Andrea admits to having killed her daughter, Alex has to put aside her own feelings of sympathy to prosecute Andrea Brown for the murder of her daughter. Written by Anonymous

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Release Date:

31 January 2003 (USA) See more »

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New York City, New York, USA

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Paul Adelstein appears uncredited as a character named "Kellerman." Starting in 2005, he would begin playing the regular character of Agent Kellerman on Prison Break (2005). See more »


The Brown's were not wearing a "black piece of tape" to cover up a shirt logo. They were wearing black ribbons that act as a sign of mourning, it is part of the Jewish tradition of Shiva. Some Jewish denominations will wear a black arm band, and others wear a black ribbon on their lapel. See more »


Dr. Melinda Warner: [arriving at the crime scene] Please tell me this isn't what I think.
Detective Elliot Stabler: Sorry.
Dr. Melinda Warner: Give me a minute.
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The tragedy of Tay Sachs
20 May 2014 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

The SVU gets a heart breaking case in this episode. An infant is found in a cooler floating in the Hudson by two guys kayaking. The squad follows a false trail for a bit involving a teen who was getting an abortion, but Medical Examiner Tamara Tunie tests for Tay-Sachs disease which is prevalent in the Ashkenazic Jewish population according to Wikipedia.

In fact Wikipedia's article may well have been the source for this story as it describes as the episode the tragic and short life that kids with Tay Sachs have. To spare her daughter a maximum life of 4 years with a lot of pain, Elizabeth Mitchell tranquilizes her to death.

Bearing some responsibility, but not enough for a criminal charge is her pediatrician Judd Hirsch.

It might be a mercy killing although it's hard to wrap your mind around the concept of a mercy killing for an infant. It's a tough case that ADA Stephanie March is faced with.

A heart breaking episode about a heart breaking disease.

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