A Johnston mother was sentenced to probation Thursday on child endangerment charges after leaving her four children home alone while she took a trip to Germany past year.
Polk County District Judge Carol Egly in the Legislation suggested that attorneys get allow her a contact with her or his children and Macke counselling to earn a possible adjustment. However, she didn't bother to find and mantain adequate childcare for her children: 12-year-old twins, a 7-year-old, and a 6-year-old before she left.
In February Macke entered an Alford plea to the child endangerment charges, admitting there was enough evidence to convict her but not actually admitting guilt. She was charged with four counts of child endangerment and one count of giving a minor access to a gun.
Johnston police Lieutenant Tyler Tompkins told Des Moines television station KCCI that Macke's babysitter options all fell through, so she left the two 12-year-olds in charge.
Johnston police were called to Macke's home in September 2017 on a child welfare check.
Police claimed Macke did not earn child care arrangements before leaving September 20 for a 10-day trip in Germany.
As CrimeOnline previously reported, Macke took off on an 11-day excursion throughout Germany in September 2017.
The Iowa mother packed her bags and boarded a plane bound for Europe.
Court documents state that Macke planned to have neighbors check in on her children from September 20-22 until her brother was available to watch them.
In a statement read in court on behalf of Matthew McQuary, father of two of the children, said: "Erin does not feel any remorse or responsibility for her actions".
It was later found that Macke had left the country the previous day to go to Germany and was not scheduled to return home until October 1.
The judge advised the attorneys to come up with an arrangement, requiring Macke to complete counseling and then allow her to have contact with her children.
According to court documents, Macke had meant to leave her children alone for the first two days until her brother was able to care for them, according to Des Moines Register.
Police told Macke that was unacceptable and ordered her to return home immediately. She did - a full week later - and was promptly arrested.
Macke's lawyer, who did not comment following the sentencing, said his client made a mistake and should be allowed to rectify it.