SVU, Episode 3.03
Production number: E2315
First aired: 12 October 2001
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Stabler Stolen
Written By
Jonathan Greene & Robert F. Campbell

Directed By
James Quinn

When a baby is stolen from her mother in a grocery store, Detectives Benson and Stabler soon discover that the kidnapping is only the tip of the iceberg in a baby snatching and selling scheme.


The kidnapping of an infant at a grocery store leads to a scheme of snatching and selling babies for adoption which brings back a case from 12 years ago that involved Captain Cragen and his partner, the late Max Greevey. Ultimately the case leads to a painful custody battle in which the detectives are on the adopted family's side and Cabot herself acts as their lawyer in an attempt to help. The adoptive parents do lose the case, but the judge requests the father make arrangements for the adoptive parents to have contact with the child which the father does seem like he's going to do.


Main cast

Recurring cast

Guest cast


Jennifer Talmadge; Greenwich Diner; Westchester County; Mahopac; Laight Street Shelter; Manhattan Family Court; Long Island Jewish Hospital; 1989; Max Greevey; Maria Greevey; Homicide Squad


Are you here for Tyler? The way he played second base was a crime!

–Tyler's Friend

Alex Cabot: You lost your cool. You are too emotionally invested in this case!
Don Cragen: Damn right.

Odafin Tutuola: Three marriages, no children. You ever consider adopting?
John Munch: The kindest thing I could ever do for a kid is not adopt.

Robert Cook: I swear, I never thought that baby was mine. We only slept together a few times.
John Munch: Sixth grade sex-ed: "Once is enough."

Background information and notes

  • This episode brings back a twelve-year-old case from 1989 in which a mother was strangled to death. In that time Donald Cragen was partnered with Max Greevey.

Episode scene cards

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Apartment of Alicia Brown
788 Tenth Avenue
Friday, March 9

Greenwich Diner
74 West 8th Street
Saturday, March 10

Reiter Residence
Westchester County
Sunday, March 11

Family Court
Custody Hearing
Tuesday, March 12

Family Court
Wednesday, March 13

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