Mom leaves four children home alone with a gun while she takes 11-day Oktoberfest trip to Germany

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.

A Johnston Police press release revealed that Erin Lee Macke, 30, was arrested Thursday and charged with four counts of child endangerment and one count of making a firearm available to a person under the age of 21 after she left her four children — two 12-year-olds, a 7-year-old, and a 6-year-old — home alone while she was out of the country. If convicted, she could face up to 10 years and a $10,000 fine per charge, according to Daily Mail.

Police found the children home alone on September 21 when they were called to carry out a welfare check. Macke had left the children there alone the day before without anyone to care for them. She didn’t plan on returning until October 1, but police contacted her and told her she needed to return to the U.S. immediately.

During her short time there, Macke posted several pictures of her and a friend, who had a baby with her, while the two toured Germany during Oktoberfest. The pictures carried the caption: “Day 1 in Germany”

Day 1 in Germany

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One photo showed her and the friend in front of the Walhalla Memorial in Bavaria. The friend had her baby strapped in a carrier.

Another photo showed her meal of traditional German bratwurst and sauerkraut, and another depicted fields of hops.

Macke’s four children were taken into the custody of the Iowa Department of Human Services and placed with extended family.

The mother is being held without bond in the Polk County Jail.

[Feature photo: Instagram]