Saturday, November 19, 2011

Parents who named children 'Adolf Hitler' and 'Aryan Nation' have newborn baby Hons taken into custody

This is a travesty of justice. There is no evidence that the children have been harmed in any way

The newborn baby of parents who named their previous children 'Adolf Hitler' and 'Aryan Nation' has been taken into custody by welfare officials. Deborah Campbell was told to hand over her baby Hons immediately after she gave birth at Hunterdon Medical Center, New Jersey on Thursday.

Deborah and her husband Heath Campbell made headlines in January 2009 when a supermarket refused to decorate a birthday cake for their son Adolf Hitler, now five.

He and siblings Aryan Nation, four, and three-year-old Honszlynn Hinler Campbell - believed to be a reference to Nazi leader Heinrich Himmler - were also taken into care shortly afterwards.

Authorities maintained it was done because of violence, not their Nazi-inspired names.

Pasquale Giannetta, an attorney for the couple said state child services representatives took custody of the Hons at the hospital. Mr Giannetta said a court hearing has been scheduled for Monday to determine whether the agency will keep custody. Agency officials declined to comment.

In court filings, the agency says the children were in danger because of previous violence in the Campbell home.

Last month, the parents were found not guilty of child abuse but they have yet to receive their children from protective custody.
Children Adolf Hitler Campbell, 5, with sisters JoyceLynn Aryan Nation Campbell, 4, and Honszlynn Hinler Jeannie Campbell, 3

The pair said they gave their children their names simply because they liked them and they were unique, not equating to child abuse.

Keith and Deborah Campbell get to see their children for two hours every week and contend that the only reason their children were removed was due to their children's names.

Mr Campbell has said that the names of his children will not be changed. 'I don’t sleep, I don’t eat much. I miss my kids. Miss their pitter patters on the floor,' their mother told NBC 10 in October. 'It’s hard. I fall asleep with their pictures.'

Following the judge's decision, the family were told the children may be home by early December.

'Can't wait for the decision,' Mr Campbell said after hearing the news. 'Can't wait for them to come home.'

Mrs Campbell says her children were removed after she requested a birthday cake for their son at a local grocery store to read, 'Happy Birthday Adolf Hitler.' While the first store refused the request, Mrs Campbell says a Walmart's bakery in Pennsylvania obliged.

But immediately following the boy's birthday the parents were summoned in reports of child abuse or neglect. In 2010 a New Jersey appeals court ruled that there was sufficient evidence of abuse or neglect in the home because of prior domestic violence - the Campbells have denied despite a gag order - causing the children's removal into foster care. The authorities had said it had nothing to do with their names.

'Actually, the judge and DYFS told us that there was no evidence of abuse and that it was the names!' Mr Campbell said after last month's hearing. 'They were taken over the children's names,' he insists.

But court records last year stated that both of the children's parents had been victims themselves of childhood abuse and while unemployed, were suffering from unspecified physical and psychological disabilities.

'They beg to come home all of the time,' Ms Campbell said to NBC10 last month. 'They beg to see their dad, they want to see their dad all the time.'

Original report here

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