My parents were hopelessly old-fashioned, it seems. I mean, when they went to Hawaii when I was a kid, they dropped me off for a week of cookies and soap operas with my grandparents. When they took a trip to Ireland, it was the same story again. Off to grandma's house. I guess a Johnston, Iowa mom thought that was one step too many for her.

In a move that surely will disqualify her from any "Mother of the Year" awards, Polk County police say that 30-year-old Erin Lee Macke left her four young children at home while she traveled to Europe. It's not like they were unprotected--she left them a gun.

Erin Lee Macke, 30, was charged with four counts of child endangerment and one count of making a firearm available to a person under the age of 21, according to Johnston police. On Sept. 21, Johnston police were called to Macke's home after receiving a report that young children were left unsupervised in the house.

When officers arrived, they found Macke's children. Two of the kids are 12, while the others are 6 and 7.

Upon further investigation, police learned Macke left the country on Sept. 20 and was not scheduled to return until Oct. 1. She made no arrangements to provide supervision of the children while she was away, according to police. The Iowa Department of Human Services took custody of the kids. Police called Macke while she was in Germany and demanded she return home.

Once she returned, she was arrested. She is currently booked in Polk County Jail with no bond. The children are staying with family members.


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