Recall the curious case of Iowa single mom, Erin Macke, then 30, who last year left her four kids, 12, 12, 7, and 6 home alone as she jetted off to Germany with a friend for a sightseeing trek along the Danube. To add insult to injury, or merely act like everybody else in these times, Macke posted social media photo selfies of her lovely trip.
Somebody alerted the cops to the home alone kids, they entered the apartment, found the four kids unsupervised, and to boot, a handgun in the home. Macke waited a full six days after being informed of the police raid and her kids being taken in by Children and Family Services, before returning to Iowa to turn herself into police.
Macke’s ex-husband and the kids’ father in particular went on a tirade about how irresponsible his ex-wife was in the matter, although it was never quite clear why she didn’t simply ask her ex to watch the kids. Though that did not occur. Though Erin Macke maintained she had asked friends and neighbors to check in on the kids. Common sense would tell you that maybe one 12-year old could hang alone at home, I think many of us did at that age, but two of them plus two younger kids isn’t close to viable.
Macke was charged with four counts of child endangerment, for which she faced up to two years in prison times four counts. She pled guilty this past February, an acknowledgement of her mistakes which she claims were innocent in intent. The judge apparently agreed with her, because this week she sentenced her to zero time behind bars, and merely two years probation. Seems pretty light, and gender biased, but there you have it. Regaining custody of her four kids is another matter to be reckoned. That will have to be a process through various child welfare departments and likely be a longer process. Posting photos of your bratwurst from Bavaria while your kids are home alone is no way to win trust.