New Jersey's Little Adolf Hitler Won't Be Coming Home Soon

Filed under: In The News, Weird But True

Adolf was a perfectly good baby name until you-know-who showed up.

Likewise, names like Aryan had no negative connotation at all until that same guy started saying anyone who wasn't Aryan was inferior and quite probably should be put to death.

Giving a New Jersey couple the benefit of the doubt, maybe a beloved uncle was named Adolf Hitler. And maybe, just by sheer happenstance, he was married to a lovely woman named Aryan Nation.

That could be why they gave their children such odd names.

However, that's more doubt than a state appeals court in New Jersey is willing to give Heath and Deborah Campbell and their children -- 4-year-old Adolf Hitler Campbell and his little sisters JoyceLynn Aryan Nation Campbell and Honszlynn Hinler Jeannie Campbell.

CBS News reports the court ruled this week that the couple should not have custody of their children. The kids have been in foster care since January of 2009, shortly after they first attracted attention because a supermarket refused to decorate a birthday cake with little Adolf Hitler's name on it.

Social workers from New Jersey's Division of Youth and Family Services were a little, uh, concerned about a family with so many Nazi and generally racist names.

According to CBS News, the three-judge panel ruled the Campbells have more problems than a fascism fetish. Heath, 37, has never had a job because of medical and psychological problems. His wife, Deborah, 27, also has a history of mental illness and dropped out of high school in the 10th grade.

The court ruled social workers "proved the need for protective services for these children within the meaning of abuse or neglect."

Social workers started investigating the Campbells in 2009, in response to reports of domestic violence. The children were also allegedly strapped and confined for unusual amounts of time inside the house in child booster seats.

The New Jersey Star-Ledger reports investigators found the couple's bedroom windows were nailed shut, and Heath Campbell controlled the couple's car and only active cell phone.

According the newspaper, judges also considered a typo-riddled note Deborah Campbell had given to neighbors.

"If anything may happened to me please do an altops on me b/c My husband has done something to me," the letter reads. "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."

Related: Your Baby's Name Is Not a Battleground

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Start by teaching him that it is safe to do so.