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Nazi-named children should stay in foster care, says appeals court

By Calvin Palmer

A state appeals court today ruled that the New Jersey couple who gave their three children names with Nazi associations should not regain custody.

State Division of Youth and Family Services removed Adolf Hitler Campbell and his two younger sisters, JoyceLynn Aryan Nation Campbell and Honszylynn Hinler Jeannie Campbell, from their home in January 2009 and placed them in foster care.

A month earlier, the family, from the Holland Township, gained public attention following a supermarket’s refusal to decorate a birthday cake for their son.

A family court had earlier determined there was insufficient evidence that the parents had abused or neglected the children. That ruling was stayed until the appeals court could review it.

Today, the three-judge appeals panel determined there was enough evidence and that the children should not be returned. The case was sent back to family court for further monitoring.

The parents, Heath and Deborah Campbell, have been restrained from giving comments.

The incident regarding the birthday cake was never mentioned at today’s hearing. The court found that several other reasons that proved the need for continued protection services for the children.

According to court records, both parents are unemployed and both suffer from unspecified physical and psychological disabilities.

Both parents were themselves victims of childhood abuse and neither of them “has received adequate treatment for their serious psychological conditions”.

Heath Campbell, 37, cannot read and Deborah Campbell dropped out of high school before finishing the 10th grade, according to court records.

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” and concluded that “evidence of prior domestic violence committed by defendant-father against his ex-wife and the two children of a prior marriage was admissible in this case to prove the risk of harm to these children”.

Their decision sides with the argument that the children’s legal guardian and DYFS made after the trial judge agreed to return the children – now aged two, three and four — to their parents.

The guardian and DYFS also insisted that the trial judge failed to properly consider the letter the mother wrote in December 2008 saying that if anything happens to her, “please” conduct an autopsy because her husband did something to her.

“We hold that evidence from the ex-wife was admissible to prove that defendant-father was a risk of harm to his children and that defendant-mother’s denials of her husband’s history of violence also made her a risk of harm to the children,” the judges wrote.

The family made headlines when a ShopRite supermarket in Greenwich, near the family’s home in Holland Township in west-central New Jersey, refused to decorate a birthday cake with their son’s name.

The cake was eventually decorated by a Wal-Mart store in Pennsylvania, across the Delaware River, but the resulting publicity put the family under media scrutiny.

[Based on reports by the Associated Press and The Star-Ledger.]

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Little Hitler’s parents left kicking their heels over return of children

By Calvin Palmer

A Family Court judge in New Jersey has still not decided whether three children with Naz-inspired names can be returned to their parents.

Deborah and Heath Campbell, of Holland Township, were in Family Court in Hunterdon County today to contest a January decision by New Jersey’s Division of Youth and Family Services to take the three children — Adolf Hitler Campbell, aged three; JoyceLynn Aryan Nation Campbell, aged two; and Honszlynn Hinler Jeannie Campbell, who turns one next month — into care amid allegations of abuse.

Deborah Campbell has denied abuse allegations, saying she and her husband Heath were falsely accused by a neighbor.

Heath Campbell believes the children were removed because of the publicity surrounding a supermarket’s refusal in December to decorate a birthday cake with the name Adolf Hitler Campbell.

Neither parent would comment as they left the court in Flemington this afternoon, but their lawyer, Pasquale Giannetta, said Heath Campbell is “pretty confident” he and his wife will be reunited with the children.

It was not immediately clear when the judge will give a ruling in the case.

[Based on reports by the Philadelphia Inquirer and The Star-Ledger.]

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Nazi-named children taken into care

By Calvin Palmer

A three-year-old boy named after Nazi leader Adolf Hitler, along with his two sisters whose names have Nazi connotations, have been removed from their parents and placed in custody of the state, police said.

The media spotlight focused on the New Jersey family last month when the parents – Heath and Deborah Campbell — complained about a supermarket bakery refusing to put the name of Adolf Hitler Campbell on a birthday cake.

The three-year-old boy and his two sisters one-year-old JoyceLynn Aryan Nation Campbell and Honszylynn Hinler Jeannie Campbell, aged eight months, were removed on Friday from their home in Hunterdon County by the New Jersey Division of Youth and Family Services.

State workers did not tell police why the children were taken, Holland Township Police Sgt. John Harris said.

A family court hearing is scheduled for tomorrow.

Heath and Deborah have denied they are racist but their home is decorated with swastikas.

Campbell had previously said he chose the names to honor his German ancestry and because they’re unique.

The parents were not available for comment.

Kate Bernyk, a spokeswoman for the state Division of Youth and Family Services, said the agency doesn’t comment on specific cases.

[Based on reports by Associated Press and The Daily Telegraph.]

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Bakery refuses to ice birthday cake for little Hitler

By Calvin Palmer

The father who was refused a birthday cake,with the message “Happy Birthday Adolf Hitler,” by a New Jersey supermarket is calling for a little tolerance.
 
The cake’s decoration was not in honor of the Fuhrer but Heath Campbell’s three-year-old son, Adolf Hitler Campbell.
 
Campbell, 35, and his wife, Deborah, are upset not only by the decision by ShopRite but also the angry Internet postings that followed an article in a local newspaper about the couple’s anger at the store’s refusal to ice the cake with that message.
 
“I think people need to take their heads out of the clouds they’ve been in and start focusing on the future and not on the past,” Campbell said in an interview yesterday.
 
“There’s a new president and he says it’s time for a change,” he said.  “Well, then it’s time for a change.  They need to accept a name.  A name’s a name.  The kid isn’t going to grow up and do what (Hitler) did.”
 
Deborah Campbell, 25, said she phoned in her order last week to ShopRite in Greenwich.  When she told the bakery department how she wanted her son’s name spelled out, she was referred to a supervisor who denied the request.
 
A spokeswoman for ShopRite said that it was not the bakery’s department first run in with the Campbells – a similar request was denied two years ago when the shop also refused to daub swastikas on baked goods for the family.
 
“We reserve the right not to print anything on the cake that we deem to be inappropriate,” Karen Meleta said.  “We considered this request inappropriate.”
 
The Campbells ultimately got their cake decorated at a Wal-Mart store in Pennsylvania, across the Delaware River.
 
The birthday party was held Sunday and attended byy 12 people, including several children of mixed race, according to Heath Campbell.
 
“If we’re so racist, then why would I have them come into my home?” he asked.
 
The couple’s other two children are named JoyceLynn Aryan Nation Campbell, who turns two in a few months, and Honszlynn Hinler (sic – apparently in tribute to Heinrich Himmler) Jeannie Campbell who will be one in April.
 
Heath Campbell, sporting a pair of black boots worn by a German soldier during the Second World War, said he named his son after Adolf Hitler because he liked the name and because “no one else in the world would have that name.”
 
Campbell was surprised by the controversy the dispute had generated. “Other kids get their cake,” he complained.  “I get a hard time.  It’s not fair to my children.  How can a name be offensive?”
 
He said his ancestors are German and he has lived his entire life in Hunterdon County, New Jersey.  He was raised not to avoid people of other races but not to mix with them socially or romantically.
 
Campbell said he would try to raise his children differently.  “Say he grows up and hangs out with black people,” he said.  “That’s fine, I don’t really care.  That’s his choice.”
 
[Based on reports by the Associated Press and The Times.]

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