A rural Des Moines mother has been imprisoned after she allowed her four kids home to sit unbothered while she flew out to Europe for a 12-day excursion in Germany, police said Friday.
Police discovered that Macke left the USA a day earlier and wasn't set to return until October 1, the Register reported. The firearm charge was added after police found a gun was in reach of the children while they were unsupervised, KCCI reported.
Police were able to contact Macke in Germany and ordered her to return to the USA, which she did on September 27.
Police on September 21 discovered the children at the house, notified child protective services and then called Macke in Germany, ordering her to return.
She allegedly told police she would be out of the US until Sunday.
The mother was captured on her arrival Thursday.
Macke faces one charge of transfer of pistol or revolver to a person under 21.
Lt. Tompkins says this was a first for his department, "We have situations where parents go next door, or parents may go out for the night, and while that's not advisable either depending on the age of the children, obviously leaving the country is a totally different situation".
Officers went to the residence September 21 and called the Iowa Human Services Department, which took custody of the children.
It's a situation that still boggles Tompkins' mind. "This, where a parent has left the country and left the kids home alone, I've never heard of it before".
The children are in the care of family members, KCCI reported. She stayed in authority Friday, as indicated by Polk County Jail records.