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Tuesday, 5 June 2012

Nazi-naming parents lose custody of their four children after court battle

A New Jersey couple has lost custody of their four children, three of whom are named after Nazi historical figures, after a Superior Court judge ruled Monday that they were unfit parents.
Self-described Nazis Heath and Deborah Campbell drew national attention in 2009 when a ShopRite supermarket in Greenwich, N.J., refused to decorate a cake with the name of the couple’s eldest son, Adolf Hitler Campbell.
Child welfare officials took Adolf, 6, and his two sisters, JoyceLynn Aryan National, 5, and Honzlynn Hinler Jeannie, 4, into custody soon after.
State officials also took the parents' youngest child, Hons, hours after he was born in November 2011.
The Campbells sought to regain custody of their children in 2010, but a state appeals court ruled that the family's history of domestic abuse put the children at risk for similiar mistreatment, according to ABC News.
Court records from the appeals court stated that the mother, Deborah, once slipped a note under the neighbor's door saying that she feared her husband because he threatened to kill her. The documents showed that the oldest son threatened to kill people as well.
The children's father insists that the judge made the decision based on the couple's beliefs rather than abuse allegations.
“These kids weren’t abused. Our kids weren’t taken because of abuse,” the father told the Star-Ledger. “If I have to give up my Nazism, then so be it. I’ll do it.”
Heath last saw his children about a year ago, according to the Star-Ledger. He has since separated from his wife, who now lives in a different state.
Attorneys representing both sides of the case were not allowed to comment on the ruling due to a gag order, the Star-Ledger reports.
The children will continue to remain in the custody of the New Jersey Divison of Youth and Family Services.
The Campbells say they plan to appeal the ruling, United Press International reports.
With Wire News Services

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