The parents of a five-year-old boy they named Adolf Hitler are fighting to regain custody of their children, the NY Daily News reports.
Child welfare officials removed the New Jersey couple’s three children in 2009. A state appeals court decided against allowing Heath Campbell and Deborah Campbell to regain custody of them in 2010 after ruling the children were at risk of abuse and neglect, ABC News reported at the time.
The Campbells picketed outside a child services office in Flemington, N.J., on Tuesday, the NY Daily News says. They claim the children were taken solely because of their names.
Besides naming their son after the Nazi leader, the couple also named the boy’s younger sister JoyceLynn Aryan Nation. The youngest daughter is named Honszlynn Hinler Jeannie.
According to ABC News, the appeals court decision reversed an earlier family court order that determined there was insufficient evidence to indicate the parents had abused or neglected the children. The appeals court, however, noted Heath and Deborah Campbell, who were both unemployed and disabled, were themselves abused as children and had not received adequate treatment “for their serious psychological conditions.”
The family found itself in the media spotlight in 2009, when a ShopRite supermarket refused to write Adolf Hitler Campbell’s name on a birthday cake.
NY Daily News says although the couple has denied they are neo-Nazis, their home is decorated with swastikas. A court is scheduled to determine in December whether the children are returned to their parents.
Most would agree that children should not be in their parents’ care if the parents put them at risk of physical or mental harm. Does giving them highly objectionable names count?