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.
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]