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Iowa mother left 4 kids home alone while she went to Europe

30 September, 2017, 15:48 | Author: Priscilla Morrison
  • Iowa Mom Arrested After Leaving 4 Young Kids Home Alone to Take European Vacation: Police

Erin Lee Macke, 30, traveled more than 4,500 miles this month from her house in Johnston, near Des Moines, to Germany.

Police said that Macke's sitter fell through and she left the 12-year-olds in charge, KCCI reported. Officers reportedly learned Macke left the country the day before in order to travel to Europe until October 1.

"Investigators confirmed that Macke had made no arrangements to provide adult supervision or care for the children while she was away", the department said.

Macke has been charged with four counts of child endangerment and one of transferring a firearm to a child under 21, the Associated Press reported.

Police said they were shocked by the situation.

Local police and Iowa Department of Human Services were tipped off by the father of one of the children, who received a called from his child 24 hours after their mother flew out.

A mother from Iowa is in trouble with the law over a vacation and the plans she had for her children's care.




Officers also contacted Macke, who waited until this Wednesday night to return to Iowa.

Johnston police Lt. Tyler Tompkins told the station: "I've never heard of anything like this before".

Macke is being held without bond at the Polk County Jail.

Cops say the day after the mom left the country, they got a tip the children were home alone in their apartment.

But authorities ordered her to return much sooner - when they learned that she had left four young children behind.

Child welfare officials went to the home and took the children to be with family members.

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