Once upon a time, back in 2008, the Campbell family made news headlines when a local ShopRite refused to decorate a birthday cake for their son, Adolf Hitler Campbell. Shortly after this incident, Heath and Deborah Campbell’s children, Adolf Hitler, JoyceLynn Aryan Nation and Honszlynn Hinler Jeannie were taken from their home and placed in foster care. The Campbells have since been fighting for custody of their little ones, saying that accusations of neglect are untrue and believe that their children were taken only because of their names.
According to NY Daily News, though, “An appeals court last year ruled that parents would not regain custody because both suffered from unspecified physical and psychological disabilities that put the children at serious risk. A family court previously found evidence that the children had been abused or neglected.” So, it seems that there was more to the story than just a seriously poor choice in baby names.
The Campbells have made the news again this week. After delivering their fourth baby on Thursday, a New Jersey child welfare official took baby Hons Campbell away from his family. The Campbells were unaware that their infant was going to be taken from them. “There’s no legal binding court order,” says Heath Campbell. “It’s basically a kidnapping, but they use different terms.”
According to ABC News, “The couple’s attorney, Pasquale Giannetta, told The Associated Press that a court a hearing has been scheduled for Monday to determine the custody status of the newborn.”
Do you think the Campbell children should be taken from their homes? If it turns out that there was no abuse or neglect or danger, would your opinion change? And do you think states or provinces should have a say in what parents name their children?