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Police say Iowa mom left 4 kids alone as she flew to Germany

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JOHNSTON (AP) -- Police say they've arrested a suburban Des Moines mom who left her four children home alone so she could take a trip to Europe.

Johnston police say they've charged 30-year-old Erin Macke with child endangerment. Polk County Jail records say Macke remained in custody Friday. Court records don't list the name of an attorney who could comment for her.

Police say Macke made no child care arrangements for her kids -- ages 12, 12, 7 and 6 -- before she left Sept. 20. Police say they were tipped off Sept. 21 the children were left unsupervised, so officers investigated and eventually called in the Iowa Human Services Department, which took custody of the four.

Police called Macke in Germany, demanding she come back. She was arrested when she returned.

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