Court Denies Custody to Parents of Son Named ‘Adolf Hitler’
August 6, 2010
(ChattahBox)–We first heard of the Campbell family, when a New Jersey ShopRite supermarket refused to inscribe a birthday cake for their three-year old son named Adolf Hitler. The parents, Deborah and Heath Campbell were outraged over the slight, and the public got their first look at the Nazi-worshiping parents who named all of their three children with Nazi-themed names. Besides Adolf Hitler, two girls were named JoyceLynn Aryan Nation Campbell and Honszlynn Hinler Jeannie Campbell. The children were removed from their home last year, by the state’s Division of Youth and Family Services (DYFS). And the custody case has been making its way through the court system, as the Nazi-named children remained in foster care. Now, a New Jersey Appeals Court, has ruled that Heath and Deborah Campbell are not fit parents and should lose legal custody of their children.
The U.S. Appeals Court overturned a lower decision of the Family Court, finding a lack of evidence of parental abuse, to permanently remove the children from the Campbell’s custody.
But the Appeals Court found sufficient evidence of parental neglect and abuse:
“The court said that Heath Campbell, 37, had never held a job because of medical and psychological disabilities and cannot read. Deborah Campbell, 27, also had mental and physical problems. Social workers were sent to investigate in December 2008 following reports “that the children were being strapped and confined for unusual amounts of time within the home in child booster seats and that domestic violence occurred in the home,” the court said.”
When the Nazi-named children drew media attention two-years ago, Anti-Defamation League director Barry Morrison, pointed out that their offensive names would set the children apart as bigots.
“Might as well put a sign around their (the children’s) neck that says bigot, racist, hatemonger,” said Morrison. “What’s the difference?”
Now, will the children’s names be legally changed?
Photo Source: Wikimedia Commons/Deutsches Bundesarchiv (German Federal Archive), Bild 146-1990-048-29A.