Macauley Culkin in 'Home Alone'In a sad twist on a perennial holiday favorite, a moviegoing mother has been sentenced to prison after leaving her children home alone. It's a tragic version of what John Hughes wrote and Chris Columbus directed, Home Alone with no Macaulay Culkin and no happy ending in sight.

As reported by WLWT in Cincinnati, Ohio, police officers discovered the woman's three children, ranging in age from 4 years down to just 8 months, alone in an apartment with a broken front door lock -- and no food -- in January. The woman arrived home from seeing a movie, claiming that her brother was supposed to be watching the children. She was sentenced to probation in April after pleading guilty to two counts of child endangerment, but violated her parole and as a result was sentenced to two years in prison on Thursday. WLWT says that the woman was previously convicted of child endangerment in 2006.

Not too long ago, Cinematical's Elisabeth Rappe named the family in Home Alone the most moronic in big screen history and theorized: "If this film had taken place in 2009, they would have been on TMZ before they managed to get back to American soil, and CNN would be hanging, drawing, and quartering them for the next two weeks." Of course, the family in Home Alone was fictional ... and loaded, and lived in a big, well-appointed, well-provisioned home, and clearly loved their other children, while the woman in Cincinnati is evidently a woman of reality: single, not wealthy, and previously convicted of child endangerment. Not that I'm drawing any conclusions; I'll let you do that.