If there was a “mother of the year award” Erin Lee Macke of Iowa would not ever receive it. After what she did, she may not even be a mother when the court is finished. This mother made the bizarre decision to leave her four children, ages six, seven, and 12-year-old twins, home alone while she went on a 10 day trip to Germany. She ended up having to cut her trip short after being contacted by police about the important items she left behind.
After getting a tip, officers went to Macke’s home on September 21 to conduct a welfare check. They found the four children alone and were informed that their mom had left for Germany the day before and wasn’t planning on returning until October 1.
In a shocking twist, Macke had left a 9MM Glock on top of her dresser along with two magazines, one loaded and one partially loaded. When police phoned the world traveler she stated that her babysitters fell through so she just decided to leave the kids by themselves.
Police department officials stated, “Investigators confirmed that Macke had made no arrangements to provide adult supervision or care for the children while she was away.” Johnston, IA Police Lieutenant Tyler Tompkins told reporters;
“I’ve never heard of anything like this before. 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.”
Macke, even after being told her behavior was unacceptable and she needed to come home, only returned four days early. Photos on social media show her enjoying her trip days after police contacted her.
The day after she arrived home, she was arrested and charged with four counts of child endangerment and one count of making a firearm available to a person under the age of 21.
The child endangerment charges carry a sentence of “up to two years in jail or one year in jail and a fine between $625 and $6,250.” The gun charge could bring one year of jail time and a fine up to $1,875.
Extended family members are taking care of the twins currently and the two youngest children are with their father. Macke has been ordered to have no contact with the kids. She is due back in court on October 9.
Source: Daily Mail