MUNCIE — A convicted felon has been charged with child neglect and growing a large quantity of “psychedelic” mushrooms in the westside apartment he shared with a four-year-old boy and the child’s mother.
Ryan Clay Purvis, 25, was charged last week with dealing in a controlled substance, a Class B felony carrying a standard 10-year prison term; and three Class D felonies, each carrying a standard 18-month sentence: Possession of a controlled substance, neglect of a dependent and maintaining a common nuisance.
According to Delaware Circuit Court 5 records, police on May 16 were called to a report of a domestic disturbance with a child present at Colonial Crest Apartments, 405 S. Morrison Road.
Upon arriving at the apartment, police received no response after knocking on the door, and a maintenance supervisor used a key to let officers inside.
Officers found no one at home, but reported seeing psilocybin mushrooms — considered controlled substances and also known as “magic mushrooms” because of the psychedelic “trips” users sometimes experience — “in various containers, in various stages of developments.”
Purvis later returned with his girlfriend and her four-year-old son, reporting the earlier disturbance had involved Purvis and the woman’s father. The girlfriend also gave police permission to search the apartment.
Along with the various containers of mushrooms in different stages of growth, officer said they found a paper plate “on the living room floor with pieces of mushrooms and stems on it … within easy reach of a child.”
Last Aug. 20, Purvis was placed on probation for 18 months after pleading guilty to domestic battery and driving while intoxicated in Circuit Court 5.
The battery case, filed the previous April, alleged the Muncie man repeatedly punched his girlfriend in the face — in the presence of the same boy, then age 2 — and also tackled his victim and refused to let her leave their home or call police.
The DWI case stemmed from a June 2005 arrest.