Mom heads to Germany for vacation and leaves four kids home alone

An Iowa woman faces multiple charges after police said she left her four children home alone while taking a trip to Europe. Erin Lee Macke is charged with four counts of child endangerment – substantial risk, and one count of transfer of pistol or revolver to a person under 21. She has a no-contact order, meaning she is not allowed to see her children. Her next court date is scheduled for October 9 in Polk County.

Johnston police Lt. Tyler Tompkins told KCCI that Macke left her children ages 12, 12, 7 and 6 alone at home Sept. 20 while she traveled to Germany. Tompkins said the children were left alone for 24 hours before the police department and Iowa Department of Human Services received a tip and visited the children. The children told police, “Mom left them and left the country,” police said. The woman told officers she planned to be in Germany through October 1. 

Authorities said they convinced Macke to return to the United States before Oct. 1. She arrived Wednesday evening and was arrested Thursday morning. Police said the 12-year-old children are staying with family and the seven- and six-year-old children are with their father. Macke is charged with one count of transfer of pistol or revolver to a person under 21 because there was a firearm within reach of the children in the home, according to police.

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