Johnston woman arrested after leaving kids home during European vacation

Johnston woman arrested after leaving kids home during European vacation

A 30-year-old mother in Iowa was arrested for allegedly leaving her four children at home while she traveled to Germany, according to KTLA sister station World Health Organization in Des Moines.

Police told Macke her children were turned over to DHS and convinced her to come home early.

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

Her children have been placed with relatives, according to authorities.

Police said Macke tried but failed to make child care arrangements for her children - two aged 12, one 7 and the other 6 - before leaving September 20 for a vacation in Germany.

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She didn't plan to return until October 1, but as soon as police learned of the incident they contacted her in Germany and demanded she return to the US immediately. "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".

She is also charged with one count of making a firearm available to a person under age 21, because there was an unsecured gun in the home the children knew about. She was arrested on her return.

It could not immediately be determined if Macke had an attorney.

The children are staying with family members.

Police said they were shocked by the situation. "When officers arrived at the apartment, that's when they found the four children home alone in the apartment", said Lieutenant Lynn Aswegan of the Johnston Police Department. She remained in custody Friday, according to Polk County Jail records.

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