Mommy and daddy BUSTED after 8-yr-old boy found in bed, blue, OD on heroin

by Alan Duke, Reporter & 'Crime Stories With Nancy Grace' Co-host

Nancy Grace plays the 911 call on the latest episode of Crime Stories

Charles Dowdy called 911 and pleaded for help after noticing his eight-year-old son’s lips had turned blue and the boy was not breathing. “Please hurry!” Dowdy begged.

“I think he was sleeping and I think what happened was he rolled over and I don’t think he could breathe,” Dowdy told the 911 dispatcher. “I think he was just, like, in the pillow and he suffocated.”

But blood tests confirmed the child suffered a heroin overdose. Dowdy and partner Danielle Simko are both in the Cuyahoga County, Ohio, jail facing child endangerment and drug charges after emergency room workers found a bag of heroin and pills stuff in a toy watch in the son’s sock.

READ our full story here: Ohio parents mug shots after son, 8, ODs on heroin

Nancy Grace and Alan Duke share the father’s dramatic 911 call and discuss the destructive heroin epidemic in this “Crime Stories” episode.

[Feature Photo: Cuyahoga County Sheriff’s Department]

Alan’s journalism career began as a way to pay for his plan to become a lawyer, but he soon realized being a courtroom reporter was a lot more fun than sitting at a defense table. Duke covered many of the nation’s most sensational crime stories over his 26 years at CNN. Duke’s closely covered domestic terrorism cases for CNN, including the Oklahoma City federal building bombing, the UNABOMBER and search for Southeast bomber Eric Robert Rudolph. CNN moved Duke to Los Angeles in 2009 to cover the entertainment beat, much of his time was spent talking to cops, coroners and lawyers. His reporting on the investigation that followed Michael Jackson’s death — and two subsequent trials — included many revelations about the singer’s life and death.   Since leaving CNN in 2014, Duke has contributed to the Reelz Channel “Copycat Killers” documentary series. He is a co-founder and editor-in-chief for