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One of the conditions of the reduced charges is that he must give up his custody petition and agree to visit his daughter only in a supervised setting for the next three years.
Towards the end of the 18th season episode "Next Chapter", Benson has her first on-duty kill when a rape suspect, former police sergeant Tom Cole, becomes dangerously close to shooting Carisi.However, his name was cleared after it is revealed that he was framed by Captain Julia Millfield (Kim Delaney).Benson's life is further complicated when she is named the legal guardian of a young boy named Calvin Arliss (Charlie Tahan).At the conclusion of the season 15 finale, Benson becomes the court-appointed custodial guardian of Noah Porter, an orphaned baby.The appointment is for a trial period of one year, with the option to apply for legal adoption at the end of that period.Vivian revokes Benson's parental rights and sends Calvin to live with his grandparents.
Both Calvin and Benson are devastated by the separation.
She is tough, empathetic, In the episode "Paranoia", Benson described how, despite the difficulty she faced in dealing with a two-year-old female rape victim on her second case, Karen Smythe, who trained her, praised her for displaying a talent in dealing with victims.
Benson's mother Serena (Elizabeth Ashley), an English professor, was an alcoholic who emotionally and physically abused Olivia.
In the season 2 episode "Taken", Serena Benson dies falling down a flight of subway stairs outside the entrance to a bar.
In a later episode, "Intoxicated", Olivia mentions being engaged briefly when she was 16 to one of her mother's students; when her mother found out, she broke a bottle of vodka and went after Olivia with it.
For the first twelve seasons, she is partnered with Detective Elliot Stabler (Christopher Meloni).