Deputies: Man's Clearwater strip club visit results in child abuse charge

CLEARWATER, Fla. - Pinellas County deputies say a Redington Beach man left a three-year-old girl in his car while he visited a Clearwater strip club.

Monty Ray Grow,  41, now faces a child abuse charge.

According to a sheriff's statement, Grow parked his car in the Drive Time parking lot at 16211 US Highway 19 North shortly after 9:30 Sunday night and went into the nearby Diamond Dolls club.

The girl was "known to the suspect," according to the statement.

When deputies arrived, the child's grandparents had already removed her from the car.  A short time later, Grow ran up to the car and admitted to leaving the toddler unattended.

He was arrested and charged with felony child abuse. He was later released on $5,000 bond, according to jail records.

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