A New Jersey appeals court has denied child custody to a couple who gave their children names inspired by the Nazi regime.
The case, which involved Deborah and Heath Campbell of Holland Township, New Jersey, burst into the national spotlight in 2008 when a local bakery refused to oblige the parents' request to make a cake with the name of their child on it. The child's name was Adolf Hitler. It was subsequently revealed that the names of the couples other two children were JoyceLynn Aryan Nation and Honszlynn Hinler Jeannie.
The New Jersey Division of Youth and Family Services became involved in the matter and the children were removed from the parents’ custody one month later and placed in foster care. They have lived in foster care since. The parents allege that the only reason the children were taken away was because of their names.
However, documents filed in New Jersey court claim that there were instances of alleged abuse and parental incompetence that made it necessary to take the children from their parents. In August 2010, the court found evidence of abuse, neglect and domestic violence in the home. Additionally, court documents alleged that both the parents had been victims of child abuse, were unemployed and suffered from psychological problems.
This week, a New Jersey court denied the couple's request for custody of all three children.
The New Jersey family lawyers at Helmer Paul Conley and Kasselman represent persons involved in divorce, child custody, child support, domestic violence and other family law-related issues across New Jersey.