SVU has had plenty of nut job characters over the years but usually they are that way intentionally, to play the part of a crazy character. The mother of Emerson (or Kevin Brown depending on where you are in the storyline) is beyond that. She's missing some marbles or something and that exaggerated NY accent with some kind of speech impediment is almost unbearable to watch or listen to. Certainly not sharp enough to kidnap a 6 year old child from a nearby park and keep that under the radar for 17 years. I just don't get the point of inserting such a bimbo character when it could have been played out by someone much more interesting albeit a criminal. SVU has had dozens of great costars over the years - couldn't they find one here??