Law & Order: Special Victims Unit

Season 5 Episode 18


Aired Wednesday 9:00 PM Mar 02, 2004 on NBC

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  • A 6 year old boy dies at the hands of his abusive foster parents. the foster parents and their social worker are arrested for contributing to the boy's death.

    A 6 year old boy named Jamie Semple is brought to a hospital by his foster paents Sam and loriAnn dufoy who claimed he passed out during an exorcism at their church. The church pastor is questioned and suspected of causing Jamie's death because his ring matched a mark on Jamie's body. However, forensic evidence suggests Jamie was smothered by a pillow at home then brought to the church. Sam is suspected of killing Jamie bacause the boy who was hyperactive was out of control. He is arrested and charged. The boy's natural mother tells the detectives the Dufoys' social worker Mariel Plummer is partly to blame since she neglected Jamie. Fin and munch learn that on the night Jamie was killed, Plummer was called by Sam but she did not answer him or visit him but she claimed in her records she did. She is arrested for altering records and endangering Jamie's life. Novak decides to put Mariel on trial and have Sam testify against her although he had been charged with killing Jamie. Mariel claims she had another more tragic case to work the night Jamie was killed but Novak does not buy it. However, Mariel is cleared of the reckless endangerment charges. Later on, Warner tells teh detectives that blood stain evidence from the pillow used to kill Jamie and a cheese grater proves a teenage girl was also living with the DuFoys. Fin confronts Mariel about the girl living with the DuFoys but she kills herself after a threatening phone call. Fin questions Sam about the girl but he denies it. He is accused of taking other foster kids in them neglecting them and letting them run away. LoriAnn is also questioned and she too denies having a foster child. Sam breaks down and tells Fin they had a foster daughter named Megan who they commited to a mental hospital. Fin visits Megan and she tells them she was sent to the mental hospital after LoriAnn killed Jamie with a pillow and then scraped Megan with the cheese grater. In the end, LoriAnn, not Sam, is arrested for killing Jamie. This episode was sad, emotional, and proves that not all foster parents and social workers can be trusted.