Cops: Mom Left 4 Kids Home, Went to Europe

Iowa Mom Arrested After Leaving 4 Young Kids Home Alone to Take European Vacation: Police

An Iowa mother is charged with child endangerment after she left her four children home alone while she traveled to Germany on an 11-day vacation.

He says that the children had been left alone for 24 hours before police went to Macke's apartment after 7 p.m. on September 21 and found her 12-year-old twins and two younger daughters, ages 6 and 7, home alone.

The kids were alone for only one day, but police say Macke was planning on leaving her children alone for 10 days.

The ex-husband of a woman who police said abandoned her children as she jetted off to Europe for a vacation said her departure was "an intentional premeditated act".

After all of her babysitter options fell through, she left the two younger kids in the care of the 12-year-olds, Tompkins said.

The Iowa Department of Human Services took custody of the kids.


Macke was contacted by police over the phone while in Germany and was told to return to the states, according to Fox News.

"I've never heard of anything like this before", Tompkins said.

It's like a real-life version of the movie "Home Alone", except in this case, the children were purposely left behind. She landed Wednesday evening and was arrested Thursday morning.

One of the Johnston students accused of robbing and sexually assaulting another student made his first court appearance on Friday.

Once police learned of Macke's whereabouts, they called her in Germany and she reportedly told them she had planned to be there until October 1st.

The children are staying with family members.

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