A young boy named Adolf Hitler has been taken from his parents. This is not a repeat from 1893:
A New Jersey court decided that a couple should not regain custody of their three children — not because the parents named their children after prominent Nazis, but because of alleged abuse and parental incompetence, court documents state.
Heath and Deborah Campbell’s three small children were removed from their Holland Township home by the state in January 2009 after they asked a grocery store in Greenwich, N.J. to write “Adolf Hitler” on their son’s birthday cake and a media storm ensued.
While a local Wal-Mart honored the birthday cake request, Adolf Hitler Campbell and siblings JoyceLynn Aryan Nation Campbell and Honszlynn Hinler Jeannie Campbell have been in foster care ever since.
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.
Is such a name grounds for taking a child into protective custody? It’s probably a moot point, because – as in this case – anyone who would name their son “Adolf Hitler” probably presents many, many more reasons why they’re not fit to raise a child.
(Via The Volokh Conspiracy)