An Iowa mother stands accused of leaving her four children at home while she vacationed in Germany.
Erin Macke, 30, is charged with four counts of child endangerment and one of transferring a firearm to a person under 21, according to court records cited by the Daily Mail.
Police say Macke tried but failed to make child care arrangements for her kids before her departure for Germany.
So her four children — two 12-year-old twins, and two others aged 6 and 7 – were left home alone.
The firearm charge was filed because Macke left an unloaded Glock 9MM handgun on top of her dresser, next to two magazines — one fully loaded and one partially loaded.
The father of one of the children was called by his child the next day, and he called police. The children told police that their mom didn’t plan to return for 11 days.
Police telephoned Macke in Germany, and she explained why she left her kids at home.
“Investigators confirmed that Macke had made no arrangements to provide adult supervision or care for the children while she was away,” the police department said.
Macke was ordered to return home immediately, but she ignored the demand, and instead posted photos on her Instagram showing her touring Bavaria with a female friend and a baby, eating bratwurst and sight-seeing.
She finally came home six days later. She was arrested the next day.
Iowa Department of Human Services took custody of Macke’s children, and they have since been placed with family members.
A judge ordered her not to contact her children.