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>> They were with my aunt and uncle's on the 20th.>> 30 year old Erin Mackey makes her first court appearance after being arrested for leaving her 4 young kids home alone. Her reason, she was on a ten day European vacation.>> All of her sitter options fell through, and she left the kids in the care of the two 12 year olds.
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>> Police discovered the four children inside their Johnston, Iowa apartment after receiving a tip from the father of one of them. Home alone were a 6 year old, a 7 year old and 12 year old twins. Authorities say the mother had left the country for Germany a day earlier and wasn't planning on returning until October 1st.
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>> We called her. She answered the phone, had a conversation with our officer, did not see it being a problem.>> Mackey eventually returned to the US six days later. Her children were handed over to the state's Department of Human Services before being placed with relatives.>> We have situations where parents go next door, or parents may go out for the night.
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And while that's not advisable either depending on the age of the children, obviously leaving the country Is a totally different situation.>> Mackey faces multiple charges including child endangerment and is being held at the county jail. She's been ordered not to have contact with her children.