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Nazi-naming couple loses custody of newborn

Adolf Hitler Campbell as a toddler
Adolf Hitler Campbell as a toddler

And baby makes four. That is the word out of Holland Township, New Jersey, where a woman named Deborah Campbell gave birth last Thursday to a bouncing baby son—which promptly became a ward of the state. Her three previous children already enjoy that dubious honor.

The move sounds cruel and Draconian. But New Jersey officials are justifying their actions on the grounds that Campbell and her husband Heath are unfit parents. As proof, the state points to the couple’s peculiar habit of naming their children for Nazis. Their firstborn son was named Adolf Hitler Campbell, and their two daughters are named JoyceLynn Aryan Nation and Honszlynn Hinler Jeannie. The newborn’s name, in case you’re wondering, is Hons.

The Lehigh Valley Express-Times reports:

Hons Campbell, was born about 2 a.m. Thursday at Hunterdon Medical Center after a doctor induced labor Wednesday evening, Deborah Campbell said. She said the doctor who delivered the baby called the New Jersey Division of Youth and Family Services, and DYFS officials arrived with police officers and hospital security guards about 6:50 p.m. Thursday to take the baby into custody.

The Campbells did not know DYFS would take Hons, and the officials gave no reason for taking the baby, they said. The couple claimed DYFS officials … had no court order to do so.

The paper quotes Heath Campbell as saying, "There's no legal binding court order. It's basically a kidnapping, but they use different terms."

The Campbells have been fighting to regain custody of their first three children, who were removed by the state in 2009. In October, a New Jersey appeals court denied the couple’s petition to be reinstated as the children’s custodians.

An attorney for the Campbell family told the Associated Press that a court hearing has been scheduled for Monday to determine whether the agency will keep custody of the latest member of the Campbell Bund.

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