JOHNSTON, Iowa — Talk about an absentee parent.
An Iowa mom was arrested and charged with child endangerment after leaving her four kids at home alone while she jetted off to Germany for a 10-day holiday, police said.
Erin Lee Macke, 30, left her children, two aged 12 and the others 6 and 7, behind when she flew out of town on Sept. 20, the Johnston Police Department said.
Cops say she also left them with an unsecured gun that the kids were aware was in the house.
But a day after she left, the father of two of the children called from his home in Texas and spoke to one of the kids who told him they were alone, so he contacted police.
Officers notified child protective services and then made contact with Macke in Germany and told her she need to come back right away.
Macke returned to Johnston on Sept. 28 and was taken into custody. She was charged with four counts of child endangerment and with making a firearm available to a person under the age of 21. She was held on $9,000 bond
The kids have been placed with relatives.