Season 2 Episode 22

The Little Victim

Aired Thursday 9:30 PM Feb 15, 1968 on NBC

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  • A disturbing account of child abuse.

    This is yet another epsiode that shows how "Dragnet" was ahead of its time. It starts with Friday giving a lecture about child abuse to a ladies' club, and while taking questions, he and Gannon are called away to investigate a case of a baby with severe wounds that the doctor is convinced are from the child being beaten. The young mother claims he fell down the stairs, but Friday and Gannon know better. She is adamant in her story, and angry at the detectives for not believing her. Then it turns out she's covering for ill-tempered husband. She clearly fits the profile of the wife who still clings to her rotten husband. At the unhappy ending, it's obvious that neither of them really cared about their child, whose coming into the world spoiled their young lovers' dream.