Parents who named their children Adolf Hitler and Aryan Nation will not get them back, judge rules
A self-proclaimed Nazi dad and his wife cannot have back their four children, three of whom have Nazi-inspired names, a court has ruled.
Adolf Hitler Campbell, six, and his younger sisters Joycelynn Aryan Nation, five, and Honszlynn Hinler, four, were taken into custody in January 2009.
State officials also took another son, Hons Campbell, from his parents Heath and Deborah Campbell just hours after he was born in November.
A New Jersey Supreme Court judge has now ruled that the four children will not be returned to their parents, who have since separated.
The Nazi-inspired names came to light after a store refused to decorate a birthday cake reading ‘Happy birthday Adolf Hitler’ in December 2008.
In 2010, a New Jersey appeals court ruled there was sufficient evidence of abuse or neglect due to prior domestic violence to seize the children.
Authorities insisted putting the children into care had nothing to do with their names.
But Heath Campbell said the court’s decision was not down to their quality of life, and was based purely on the names they chose for the children.
‘These kids weren’t abused,’ he told the New Jersey Star Ledger. ’Our kids weren’t taken because of abuse. I’m honest about who I am and what I am.’
He added: ‘If I have to give up my Nazism, then so be it. I’ll do it.’ The children are ‘more my heart and soul and everything than anything’.
Campbell, who has a swastika tattoo on his neck, last saw the children a year ago. He is now separated from his wife, who moved out of the state.
Attorneys for the parents declined to comment, but said the family plans to appeal.
Kristine Brown, from the state Division of Youth and Family Services, said she could not comment on the case due to confidentiality laws.
But she said ‘every call or investigation that DYFS initiates at the end of the day is to determine if the child is at risk or in the midst of child abuse and neglect’.
Court records previously showed both parents had themselves been victims of childhood abuse and were suffering from unspecified physical and psychological disabilities.
Court records also show that the oldest child, Adolf, frequently threatened to kill people.
The mother reportedly had also once given a note to her neighbour saying she was terrified of her husband, who had threatened to kill her.
The Campbells have previously defended the names, saying they chose them simply because they liked them and they were unique.
Campbell said he named his son after the Nazi leader as ‘no one else in the world would have that name’.