Law & Order: Special Victims Unit

Season 2 Episode 5

Baby Killer

Aired Wednesday 9:00 PM Nov 17, 2000 on NBC
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Episode Summary

The tragic shooting death of a young girl leads investigators to a little boy, and they soon realize that the gun used has been used in another crime scene.

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  • Kids Killing Kids

    This is a case about kids killing kids. A black girl is shot dead by a Hispanic classmate with a gun. The kid is treated like a criminal. His parents are terrified. The crew investigate how he got the gun in the first place. It turned out the gun was used by a drug-related killing the child suspect witnessed, and grabbed the gun fearing for his life. The cops arrested the ringleader (Carlos Leon) who uses a religious store as a front. The kid sees Dr. Olivet and writes a description on how he will be going for his sins, HELL. The kid is brought to trial and ADA Cabot does the best she can with the case. Instead, she decides to dismiss the case and the kid is free. But, only for a minute when he is killed by an outraged, black, pre-teen civilian.

    This is a emotional episode. And, it's becomes true to the 'Law & Order' format. This is not a sex crime.

    It shows how ADA Cabot to shine and be respected in the end. I don't like the fact a Latino boy killing a black girl as racially motivated. If he was white, I would say it is. I also don't like the fact Blacks and Latinos killing each other. We are the same people. I say SVU has become a clone of the original recipe, but in a good way.moreless
  • A young girl is tragically killed at school, and a seven-year-old boy is the shooter. The detectives question what made this young boy shoot his classmate.

    This episode has many twists and turns, and each turn is heart wrenching. This is exactly why I watch this series, and the compassion shown by Elliot and Alex is something that I completely identified with. Alex’s boss is a political hungry jerk, and I feel he instigated much of what happened in the episode. The victim’s mother even agrees that the young boy should be let go, and it is interesting to see that the young boy comes from a home with loving parents, and that he did not mean any harm at all. I will not reveal what the twist at the end is, but it ripped my heart out.

    I’ve been watching all the SVU episodes in order, and this one has been the most intense and cathartic episode I have seen thus far.moreless
  • Good acting, good action -- and Alex Cabot has a heart?

    Maybe this episode just reminds me of the original L&O ("the mothership") episodes, but seeing the detectives work closely with the ADA, with justice being served at the end? Makes me feel good.

    The story starts out with a 7-year-old boy shooting a girl classmate of his during recess. All the detectives realize that the boy is clearly afraid of something and doesn't understand his actions fully, but the public demands action for the dead girl and Alex Cabot's boss pushes her to charge the boy for the murder, despite her reluctance.

    The detectives follow the gun to another closely related case and the episodes begins to really unravel. I found this episode really suspenseful just because I honestly had no idea how it was going to end. The actor who played the little boy was ridiculously good, and then there's Dr Elizabeth Olivet, who I always liked in the original L&O (see "Cherished" from season 9). Watching the case get solved with the help of the boy and the different leads was just really well done.

    The two things that made the episode for me: Alex Cabot getting the recognition she deserved for the kick-ass job she did, and the amazing acting of the little boy.

    What really sucked: The boy dying.

    The detective work was a little bit rushed, but I think the covered the community outcry really well, and the mother of the girl stepping up to speak near the end was really a really clinching scene.

    Seriously, for once, I'd like to see an SVU episode end happily, where they all ACTUALLY can go out for drinks at the end.moreless
  • A 6 year old girl is shot while at recess. Her classmate who is not much older than she was had the gun. As the storyline unraveled, it is revealed as to how and why the little boy got a hold of the gun in the first place. So sad.moreless

    This is a heart-wrenching episode. I absolutely loved it, but at the same time I could tell I was starting to cry a bit, especially when Elias tells the detectives why he had the protect himself from a gang member. He never meant to shoot the little girl. Elias witnessed a murder and therefore was a target since he could easily tell police what happened. And it all took place just outside of his babysitter's house. I could not believe a little boy could be capable of shooting someone before watching this episode. It's so sad that these things really do happen. Wonderful episode and terrific writing.moreless
  • Law and Order Special Victims Unit!

    When six year old Carly Jackson is shot and murdered on the playground of her school, the shooter is brought into the Special Victims Unit for questioning. The shooter, Elias, was a schoolmate of Carly's, who is only seven years old himself. The detectives are at a loss as to what the motive could have been. Through their investigation, the learn that Elias was not plotting to murder Carly, but was a victim of circumstance. He had witnessed the murder of a teenage boy nicknamed Shorty. Elias then took the gun in order to protect himself.

    This was a good episode of the series. It is sad to see what children will do to one another when they are subject to viloence every day. One act of violence is enough to fuel another one.moreless
Dann Florek

Dann Florek

Capt. Donald Cragen

Richard Belzer

Richard Belzer

Det. John Munch

Mariska Hargitay

Mariska Hargitay

Det. Olivia Benson

Christopher Meloni

Christopher Meloni

Det. Elliot Stabler



Det. Odafin Tutuola

Stephanie March

Stephanie March

A.D.A. Alexandra Cabot

Nicolas Martí Salgado

Nicolas Martí Salgado

Elias Barrera

Guest Star

Carlos Leon

Carlos Leon

Nicky Crow

Guest Star

Josh Pais

Josh Pais

Robert Sorenson

Guest Star

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (1)

    • Goof: The drawing that Elias makes during the scene with Olivet is not the same one shown in the courtroom scene. The drawing shown in the courtroom scene has more flames than the original drawing did.

  • QUOTES (4)

    • Mrs. Barrera: Here it is. (takes her gun out of her purse and points it at Tutuola and Munch)
      Tutuola and Munch: Whoa! (put their hands in the air)
      Munch: You carry that thing in your purse?
      Mrs. Barrera: Sometimes I work at the hospital until 3 in the morning, I have to take a subway, a bus, and walk four blocks to get home.
      Tutuola: Carrying a concealed weapon is a felony.
      Mrs. Barrera: I don't, I leave it at home so the appliances can defend themselves.

    • (About prosecuting a seven-year-old boy.)
      Alex Cabot: Why don't we just apply for a change of venue to Texas so we can have him executed?
      Charlie Phillips: No, Manhattan Family Court will be sufficient.

    • Don Cragen: Get Fin. Locate friends, family, neighbors, school, anyone he coulda' got that gun from. As slipshod as the screening process is, I doubt he bought it himself.

    • Lab Technician: Compact, lightweight, hammerless.
      Olivia Benson: So simple, even a seven-year-old could use it.

  • NOTES (0)


    • This episode appears to be ripped from the headlines of the Kayla Rolland case. Kayla was only six years old when, on February 29, 2000, she was shot by a classmate and died a half hour later. The young boy, later identified as James Owens, was never held responsible for his actions as the courts deemed he was too young to be charged. He had gotten the gun from under his uncle's mattress, and the authorities truly believe he had no idea what he truly did.