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Mother Leaves Four Young Children Home Alone While She Travels In Germany

A woman from Johnston, Iowa, has been hailed as ‘America’s worst mom’ after she left her four young children home while she jetted off to travel in Germany. When Erin Lee Macke, a 30-year-old Iowa woman, left America, her neighbors had no idea that she’d left her children without care or adult supervision.

In a story eerily reminiscent of the film ‘Home Alone’, Ms. Macke left her four children, two 12-year-old twins, a 6-year-old boy and a 7-year-old girl, at home while she took a flight to Germany for an 11-day vacation. Luckily, an unnamed neighbor became concerned when they didn’t notice Ms. Macke returning home to her children. When the irresponsible parent didn’t return the following day, the good Samaritan called in an anonymous tip to the Johnston Police Department, warning officers that four children had been left alone in Ms. Macke’s home.

When officers arrived at the house to conduct a welfare check, they quickly realized that the children were unsupervised. To make matters worse, the police officers also found a handgun – without ammunition in it – sitting on a dressing table in Ms. Macke’s unlocked bedroom. Within reach of the weapon, which is believed to be a Glock 9mm, was a fully loaded magazine and another half-full magazine. Although the gun was unloaded, this kind of careless attention to gun safety can easily lead to tragedies – especially when children are concerned.

When police asked Ms. Macke’s children about their mother, the frightened kids told officers that they missed their mom but didn’t expect her to return until early next week. At this stage, police were not entirely sure if Ms. Macke was actually aware of her children’s predicament. Consequently, officers immediately reached out to Ms. Macke, who was relaxing in Germany when she received the call. However, when police asked her about her children, the negligent mother replied that she’d left them alone when she was unable to secure a babysitter.

“Investigators confirmed that Macke had made no arrangements to provide adult supervision or care for the children while she was away,” reported the Johnston Police Department in a statement to local media outlets. When police became aware of Ms. Macke’s reprehensible behavior, they ordered her to return to the United States.

Despite the threat of severe criminal punishment, Ms. Macke continued to delay her return. After days of making excuses, the Johnston mother finally ended her trip (4 days short of completion) and returned to America. Upon arrival, Macke was arrested on a slew of charges, including four counts of child endangerment and a single count of making a firearm available to a person under 24.

“I’ve never heard of anything like this before,” said Johnston Police Lt. Tyler Tompkins during an interview with KCCI. “We have situations where parents go next door or parents may go out for the night, and while that’s not advisable either depending on the age of the children, obviously leaving the country is a totally different situation. This, where a parent has left the country and left the kids home alone, I’ve never heard of it before.”

Source: Daily Mail, Yahoo
Photo: Johnston Police Department, MailOnline

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