Erin Lee Macke Left 4 Kids Home Alone, Took Off for Europe

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Instead of cancelling her trip, the mother left her two 12-year-olds in charge of her other 7- and 6-year-old children.

But authorities ordered her to return much sooner - when they learned that she had left four young children behind. Her children are in the care of extended family members.

She returned to the United States and police charged her with four counts of child endangerment and another for making a firearm available for someone under the age of 21, according to the Register.

A mother from Iowa is in trouble with the law over a vacation and the plans she had for her children's care.

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It's like a real-life version of the movie "Home Alone", except in this case, the children were purposely left behind.

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The children were held in custody by the Iowa Human Services Department and have now been released to relatives. "I mean, we're only talking about 12-year-olds being the adults here".

Macke reportedly planned to be gone on her trip from September 20 to October 1.

"She didn't understand or agree with the concern and didn't recognize it was a potential issue and wasn't alarmed by it", he says.

Macke flew back to Iowa on Thursday and was arrested at her apartment.

Macke's ex-husband, who is the father of the two youngest children, is outraged. "But I wish I could say I was surprised, but I'm not". "Everyone juggles with whether or not your kids are responsible enough and you take distance and duration in account".