Nazi-naming parents lose custody of kids

New Jersey parents who gave their children Nazi names won’t regain custody, a state appeals court ruled, citing the parents’ physical and psychological disabilities and the risk of serious injury to Adolf Hitler Campbell, JoyceLynn Aryan Nation Campbell and Honszlynn Hinler Jeannie Campell, ages 4, 3 and 2.

Heath and Deborah Campbell’s children were placed in foster care in January 2009 after the family drew attention for asking a supermarket to decorate a birthday cake with Adolf’s full name.

The decision didn’t mention the parents’ Nazi sympathies. It did admit testimony by Heath Campbell’s ex-wife, who said he’d abused her. In addition, a neighbor handed over a note by Deborah Campbell saying that if she were found dead her husband would be the killer.

“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 letter read in part.

Deborah Campbell said she wrote the letter, but it was lie Her husband, she testified, is “a perfect guy.”

The family court will continue to supervise the case.  I suspect the mother could regain custody if she divorces the “perfect guy” and goes through counseling. It’s not over for Adolf (have the foster parents renamed him?), Joyce and Jeannie.

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  1. I wonder how many parents have had their cheldren taken from them for naming them after leftwing villans such as Che, Fidel, or Mao?

  2. Certainly not enough of them.

    But what of Shirley Sherrod’s daughter, Russia?

    (at least it doesn’t approach the mindless cruelty of parents who’d name their daughter Krysta Shanda Lear.)

  3. The fact that the parents are not high school graduates, have weird political sympathies and/or are illiterate should be totally immaterial, as should any mental illnesses if they are controlled through prescriptions/therapies.

    I would want to know how on earth this “note” was obtained. A neighbour handing over a note admitting something wouldn’t be enough to convict someone of murder or even shoplifting. WHY is it enough to separate children from their parents?

    Though as a parent myself, this circumstantial evidence would be more than enough to keep me from letting my kids play with theirs. Nor was my son allowed to play with the child named “Jihad” in his preschool class after school.

    Not gonna happen.

  4. I know of twins named Orangejello and lemonjello, and there is a rumor of a kid named shithead. (sh-thee-ed)

  5. I’ve heard about a little girl whose mother named her “Ashley,” spelled a-s-s-h-o-l-e.

    People should never be allowed to name their kids whilst high on painkillers, right after childhood.

  6. Urk. I need to remember to proofread before posting. I meant “childbirth.”

  7. 1) Most of the weird name stories are urban legends.

    2) Upon reading the court’s opinion, it was also based on a) the ex-wife still having a restraining order on him from 2002. He pleaded guilty to terroristic threats at the time, and there is a documented history of past domestic violence. He denies that this ever happened, which, in the court’s opinion, since the prior allegations were substantiated, makes him far more likely to offend again. b) the fact that the kids were speech-delayed, the parents refused speech therapy whilst in foster-care (the mother said that SHE could understand them) but the kids still made great progress. c) the fact that the boy refers to any female who gets in his way as ‘bitch’, tells them he is going to kill them, and displays significant physical aggression against other children. d) the mother’s story regarding the letter and the tape-recorded fights being incredibly contradictory.

  8. I doubt that Shanda Lear, of the Learjet family, really minded. (And Lemongello is a last name, not a first.)

    But these people sound like they had more troubles than just provocative naming practices.

  9. georgelarson says:

    Would the authorities have responded this way if a child was named Osama Bin Laden Smith?

  10. Funniest such naming situation: A young man in Ecuador was named “Hitler Stalin” as his first and middle name. He studied abroad in Poland, and neither name went over well there!

  11. palisadesk says:

    This story reminds me of a case in Manitoba last year that I heard about on, I think, NPR. A link to the story is here:

    In that case, according to some of the people interviewed, there was much more involved than the parents’ neo-Nazi views: the same is likely true here.


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