Mom Jets Off To Start Her Dream Vacation In Germany. Just 24 Hours Later, Friends Discover Her Dirty Little Secret At Home
Friends of an Iowa mom say they weren't all that surprised to hear that she left her four children home alone while she went on an 11-day European vacation. Read on to learn more!
Friends and neighbors of an Iowa mom who went on a European vacation, leaving her young children behind, say they’re not all that surprised by her actions.
As The Washington Post reports, when Erin Lee Macke left on her 11-day European vacation last month, she left her four children—12-year-old twins, a 7-year-old, and a 6-year-old—behind to fend for themselves.
While Macke reportedly left a gun on the table, she did not remember to hire a babysitter to care for the children while she was gone.
Though Macke later insisted to police that she was in Germany to visit relatives, Johnston Police Lt. Lynn Aswegan said that by all accounts, “it was a social venture.”
The 30-year-old mother reportedly made it to Europe, where she visited the Danube River and the Walhalla memorial, before she was sent back to the U.S. on child endangerment charges.
“I wish I could say I’m surprised, but I’m not,” Macke’s ex-husband, Matthew Macke, told Inside Edition after seeing several photos of his ex-wife on vacation.
Thankfully for the children, while Macke had initially intended to return home from her trip on October 1, somebody called the police just 24 hours after she left home.
At some point during her initial interview with authorities, Macke reportedly mentioned that she thought a relative was going to watch her kids while she was gone, but facts to support that claim never actually materialized.
“She gave them the indication she had it taken care of,” he said. “She felt comfortable that the kids were responsible enough to take care of themselves during that duration.”
Once police were notified of the situation, an officer was reportedly dispatched to Macke’s home, where one of the 12-year-old twins was preparing breakfast for the rest of the children.
Although child protective services immediately contacted Macke in Germany, authorities say she didn’t seem to understand why she was in trouble.
“She didn’t understand or agree with the concern,” Aswegan told PEOPLE.
While Macke was ordered to return home to the states immediately, she waited a full week to comply with the order.
In addition to the child endangerment charges against her, Macke has also been arrested on gun charges.
During her first court appearance, Macke was told not to have contact with any of her children.
“You are to have no contact with them — direct, indirect, writing, phone, voice messaging, text messaging,” the judge said. “No contact whatsoever. That includes going to the address.”
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