NEWARK, N.J. - U.S. state child welfare officials have taken custody of a baby born to a couple whose other three children with Nazi-inspired names were removed nearly two years ago.
A lawyer for the family said a child named Hons was born Thursday at Hunterdon Medical Center. Pasquale Giannetta says state child services representatives took custody of the baby at the hospital.
Giannetta says a court hearing has been scheduled for Monday to determine whether the New Jersey agency will keep custody. Agency officials declined to comment.
Heath and Deborah Campbell made headlines in 2009 when a supermarket refused to decorate a birthday cake for their son with his first and middle name, Adolf Hitler. According to the New York Times, the child had been previously been named Antonio Adolf Hitler Campbell, but the father had filed paperwork in 2008 to legally drop the first name.
Their other children were named JoyceLynn Aryan Nation Campbell and Honszlynn Hinler Jeannie Campbell, named for Heinrich Himmler. A woman online calming to Heath's former mother-in-law said that he tried to name a previous child Satan.
The Express-Times in Easton, Pa. interviewed the family back in 2008. Heath, a Holocaust denier at the time, argued that despite the fact that his home was decorated in Nazi symbols, swastikas were "symbols of peace and balance," while his wife said that a swastika "doesn't really have a meaning."
The three oldest children were removed because of claims of domestic violence. NBC station WJAR in Philadelphia reported that a New Jersey court had also found alleged abuse and neglect, and reiterated that it had nothing to do with the children's names. The Campbells and some supporters picketed the court's decision.