A couple who gave their children Nazi-related names should not regain custody, a New Jersey appeals court ruled. The court cited the parents’ disabilities and the risk of injury to the children, but the parents believe it is because of their names.
Adolf Hitler Campbell and his sisters, JoyceLynn Aryan Nation Campbell and Honszlynn Hinler Jeannie Campbell, were taken from their parents, Heath and Deborah Campbell, in January 2009. They have been in foster care since then.
A month before that the family had been on television and in newspapers and online news sites when a local Shop Rite refused to put the name Adolf Hitler on the boy’s birthday cake. A Wal Mart decorated a cake for them, but received a lot of negative publicity for doing so.
After the children were removed from their home, a family court determined that there was insufficient evidence that the parents had abused or neglected the children, reported the Huffington Post. The decision was stayed, pending an appeals court review, and on August 5, that court decided there was enough evidence and the children should not go back to their parents.
A gag order is in place but, last year, Heath Campbell told The Associated Press that he believed the children were removed because of their names and that officials were relying on unproven accusations made by a neighbour and by an ex-wife who charged him with abusing her years ago.
According to court records, both parents are unemployed and suffer from physical and psychological disabilities.
The Huffington Post reported that the panel found the parents “recklessly created a risk of serious injury to their children by failing to protect the children from harm and failing to acknowledge and treat their disabilities.”
A note signed by Deborah Campbell was one piece of evidence. It said “Hes thrend to have me killed or kill me himself hes alread tried it a few times. Im afread that he might hurt my children if they are keeped in his care. He teaches my son how to kill someone at the age of 3.”
The woman admitted she wrote the letter, but said it was a lie.
A 2008 NY Daily News story stated that the Campbell home was decorated with a swastika in every room, and that Heath Campbell wears boots that used to belong to a Nazi soldier, and claims a relative was a member of Hitler's Schutzstaffel. The parents said they are not racist, but don’t believe in mixing races.