Parenting

New Jersey "Nazi" Parents Lose Custody of Kids

| by Mark Berman Opposing Views

The New Jersey parents who made headlines when it was revealed they named one of their children "Adolf Hitler" should never have custody of their children again, a court ruled.

The world became aware of Heath and Deborah Campbell late in 2008, when a local supermarket refused to write the boy's name on a birthday cake. A month later, the state removed little Adolf from the home, as well as his sisters JoyceLynn Aryan Nation Campbell and Honszlynn Hinler Jeannie Campbell.

The court did not mention the Nazi connection in its ruling; rather, the three-judge panel said there is serious risk of injury to the children because of the parents' disabilities. According to court records, both parents are unemployed and both suffer from unspecified physical and psychological disabilities.

In its ruling, 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."

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Heath Campbell cannot read and Deborah Campbell dropped out of high school before finishing the 10th grade.

The court also considered a note Deborah wrote to a neighbor, claiming Heath has tried to kill her in the past, and that he taught Adolf how to kill at the age of three. Deborah admits writing the letter, but claims everything she wrote is a lie.

A family court had earlier determined there was insufficient evidence the parents had abused or neglected the children. The appeals panel sent the case back to family court for further investigation.