A mistrial has been declared for a man who left his 10-month-old child in his car when he went inside of a Myrtle Beach strip club. After three hours of deliberation a jury could not reach a verdict for the father, Geoffrey Hale, who was charged with unlawful conduct for leaving his 10-month-old daughter in the car while he went inside of a local strip club.
The Sun News of Myrtle Beach reports an officer found Hale surrounded by girls on October 15, 2008 inside of Derriere’s Gentleman’s Club, while his daughter, Addison, was sleeping in the car. Hale testified in court that he was going into the club, where his wife worked as a dancer, to get a cell phone. He says he left his daughter in the car while he waited for his wife to finish dancing to one song. Hale claims he left the car on, but not running. Although the jury could not reach a verdict, a new trial is expected.