Mom who left kids alone to visit Germany offered plea deal

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) An Iowa mother accused of leaving her four children home alone to travel to Europe could avoid a prison sentence.

The Des Moines Register reports that prosecutors have offered to drop a gun charge against 31-year-old Erin Macke and give her a deferred judgment if she pleads guilty to four counts of child endangerment.

Macke is currently charged with the four counts plus one count of making a firearm available to a person under 21.

Police were called to her home in September by the children's father, who said the kids - two age 12, one 7, one 6 - had been left alone. Police say Macke tried but failed to make child care arrangements before leaving Sept. 20 for a 10-day vacation in Germany.

A plea hearing is scheduled for Feb. 23.

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