Mum goes to Europe and leaves kids home alone

Erin Macke 30 of Des Moines is accused of leaving her four children home alone while she traveled to Europe

Cops say Erin Lee Macke made no arrangements for child care before leaving the children, ages 6, 7, and 12-year-old twins before flying out of the country for eight days.

Police said the day before they were called, the 30-year-old mother had left the country to go to Germany and wasn't expected to come back until October 1.

Police placed the children with relatives and notified Macke in Germany that she had to return home, Fox News reported.

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. The kids told police that their mother didn't arrange for someone to watch over them while she would be gone.

"I've never heard of anything like this before", Johnston police Lt. Tyler Tompkins told CBS affiliate KCCI.

The older children have been released into the care of a family member, while the younger two are with their father. "I mean, we're only talking about 12-year-olds being the adults here".




The bodybuilder documented her trip across Instagram and was due to arrive back from the trip on Sunday, but police called her demanding her immediate return.

The Iowa Department of Human Services took custody of the kids.

Officers spoke to Macke while she was in Germany and she didn't "understand the concern", Aswegan says.

Cops say the day after the mom left the country, they got a tip the children were home alone in their apartment. Booking records show she is being held on a $9,000 bond.

She is in jail awaiting her first court appearance.

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