SVU, Episode 8.15
Production number: 08013
First aired: 20 February 2007
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Ruben Morales Novak Warner Haystack
Written By
Amanda Green

Directed By
Peter Leto

The search for a missing baby is complicated when the child's mother commits suicide.


Elliot investigates the case of a missing baby, Kendall Kozlowski, after he is discovered missing from his home by his mother, Laura. After being questioned by overzealous TV reporter Cindy Marino, who accuses Laura of killing her child, Laura is pushed too far and commits suicide. The case soon leads to two different fathers who have a connection to Kendall. The man who the detectives believed kidnapped Kendall sues Stabler and Novak civilly for their interference and Judge Donnelly defends them. During the trial, something the man says causes Stabler to find evidence of the kidnapping and they make a deal with him where he drops the suit and serves one to three years in exchange for giving up his parental rights to Kendall. Kendall is then given to the man that Laura had wanted to have him, Dan Kozlowski.

The case leads questions for Olivia to find out about her own family history and soon discovers that she has a brother.


Main cast

Recurring cast

Guest cast




  • Captain Cragen: Ms. Marino must be here for the obligatory grieving-mother footage.
  • Elliot Stabler: Nothing like a parent's worst nightmare for must-see TV.

  • Captain Cragen [after seeing Cindy Marino's interview with Laura Kozlowski]: If we did that to Laura, we'd have every victim rights group in the country picketing the station house.

  • Judge Donnelly [about Paddy Kendall]: Pity. Guy sounds like a douchebag.

  • Judge Donnelly [to Paddy Kendall at Civil Court trial]: Congratulations on keeping your record. I'm sure you'll agree that just means you haven't been caught.
  • Judge Cutress: Elizabeth, you know better.

Background information and notes

  • This episode appears to be ripped from the headlines of the Melinda Duckett case. Melinda Duckett committed suicide after a Nancy Grace interview, in which she faced accusations that she knew more than she was reporting about the case of her missing 2-year old son, Trenton. As of 2014, Trenton Duckett remains missing.
  • This episode features Pablo Schreiber's first Law and Order: SVU role as Dan Kozlowski. Schreiber would later go on to have a recurring role as serial rapist William Lewis in Seasons 14 and 15.

Episode scene cards

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Apartment of
Laura Kozlowski
Brooklyn, New York
Sunday, February 4

Office of the
Medical Examiner
Sunday, February 4

Apartment of
Dan Kozlowski
423 West 44th Street
Sunday, February 4

Sing Sing Prison
Ossining, New York
Monday, February 5

5 6 7

Firehouse Number 51
Brooklyn, New York
Tuesday, February 6

Home of
Peggy Kendall
Brooklyn, New York
Wednesday, February 7

Civil Court
Part 44
Thursday, February 8

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