A New Jersey father showed up to a family court hearing wearing a full Nazi uniform.
Back in 2008, the Campbell family made headlines when a supermarket refused to decorate a cake with their three-year-old’s name — which just so happens to be Adolf Hitler Campbell. About a month after that, all three of their children were removed from their home. In 2011, their newborn was taken from them just 16 hours after Hons Campbell was born. Reasons cited were parental incompetence and alleged abuse, and court records indicate, contrary to reporting by some agencies and contrary to Heath Campbell’s statements, that the names of the children were unrelated to the removal from the parents’ care. Now Heath Campbell is back in the news as he recently appeared at a visitation hearing in family court regarding his now-two-year-old son, Hons, dressed in a Nazi uniform. Here’s the video, courtesy of NBC 10 local news:
As previously mentioned, many sources have indicated that the names of the children — JoyceLynn Aryan Nation Campbell, Adolf Hitler Campbell, Honszlynn Hinler Jeannie Campbell and Hons Campbell — are to blame for protective services removing the children from their parents’ custody. However, there is disputing evidence to that claim, as well, as reported by NBC in 2010:
The appeals court ruled Thursday that sufficient evidence of abuse or neglect existed. Court records state that both parents were victims of childhood abuse and both are unemployed and suffering from unspecified physical and psychological disabilities.
Neither Campbell has been adequately treated for their psychological conditions, court records said. Thirty-seven-year-old Heath can’t read and Deborah dropped out of high school before finishing the 10th grade.
But the most convincing piece of evidence may have been the note signed by Deborah and given to a neighbor, which was full of grammar and spelling mistakes:
“Hes thrend to have me killed or kill me himself hes alread tried it a few times. Im afread that he might hurt my children if they are keeped in his care. He teaches my son how to kill someone at the age of 3,” the letter read in part.
When the Campbells caught national attention by attempting to have a ShopRite inscribe their cake, it’s possible that could have led to an investigation of the parents. Whether that is right is debatable, but the fact remains that the names of the children are not cited as reasoning for the removal of the children. In the end, the Campbells were able to get their cake decorated at a Walmart.
The argument could also be made that a name such as “Adolf Hitler” is child abuse. Not because you don’t have a right to name your child after whomever or whatever you’d like, but because of later peer interactions and psychological stress/pain. If the name is directly causing emotional trauma to the child at any time, how is that not a form of emotional or psychological child abuse? The Huffington Post reported, in 2008,
Heath Campbell 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.” The Campbells’ two other children are named JoyceLynn Aryan Nation Campbell, who turns 2 in a few months, and Honszlynn Hinler Jeannie Campbell, who will be 1 in April. Campbell said he was raised not to avoid people of other races but not to mix with them socially or romantically. But he said he would try to raise his children differently. “Say he grows up and hangs out with black people. That’s fine, I don’t really care,” he said. “That’s his choice.”
Unfortunately, it’s not enough to tell your kids something; leadership by example is a necessity. He’ll be attending court again later this month. His chances of gaining visitation rights seem slim. The couple is not together at this time.
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