MUSKEGON, Mich. (WOOD) — The boyfriend of missing Norton Shores woman Jessica Heeringa is facing three felony drug charges.
Dakotah Quail-Dyer appeared in front of a Muskegon County judge via video Thursday morning, accused of selling and delivering marijuana. According to court documents, he sold marijuana to an undercover officer on March 5, May 5 and May 29.
He was arrested Wednesday night on the charges.
Quail-Dyer told the judge he will do anything to get out of jail to take care of his son.
“I have a 4-year-old son that I’m taking care of by myself,” he said, telling the judge the boy’s mother is Heeringa. “I will do anything. I turned myself in on these warrants. … I need to be there for his mental state,” he said.
“I’m asking for the mercy of the court to allow me to come back to these court dates on my own,” he continued, emtional.
He went on to say his son doesn’t need another missing parent.
The boy is staying with Quail-Dyer’s parents, he said in court.
Quail-Dyer was dating Heeringa, 25, when she disappeared last April — apparently abducted from the Norton Shores gas station where she was working.
He is currently fighting to keep custody of the son he had with Heeringa. In court records, he said he’s kept his son from Heeringa’s family, in part, because they have falsely accused him of abuse and neglect and threatened to take 4-year-old Zevyn away.