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US couple denied custody of Nazi-named kids

Source : IANS
Last Updated: Fri, Aug 06, 2010 13:30 hrs

Three children having names with reference to German Nazi dictator Adolf Hitler should be taken from their parents' custody, a US court has ruled saying they need 'protective services'.

The Division of Youth and Family Services (DYFS) in New Jersey was right to take the children -- Adolf Hitler Campbell, 4, JoyceLynn Aryan Nation Campbell, 3, and Honszlynn Hitler Jeannie Campbell, 2 -- away from their parents, the court said.

A three-judge panel overturned a family court ruling that there was insufficient evidence that the parents had abused or neglected the children and ruled the DYFS 'proved the need for protective services' for the children, newjerseynewsroom.com reported.

In Thursday's ruling the judges said the family court decision relied on 'an overly narrow view of domestic violence in the context of abuse or neglect of children'.

DYFS removed the children in January 2009 from the custody of their unemployed parents, Heath and Deborah Campbell of Holland Township.

The family attracted attention a month earlier, when the father complained that an area supermarket did not put his son's name on a birthday cake.

DYFS investigated after complaints that the children had been strapped into booster seats for prolonged periods in the home, a charge that Deborah Campbell denied.

The judges noted that the situation grew more serious when a neighbour contacted authorities, saying Deborah had passed along a letter saying her husband had threatened 'to have me killed or kill me himself'.

Both parents suffer psychological and other disabilities and are poorly educated, with Heath illiterate, according to the decision by Judges Anthony Parrillo, Marie Lihotz and Victor Ashrafi. Both parents were abused as children, the judges said.

The ruling also observed that the family court should have considered accusations from one of Heath's previous wives that he abused her and their two children.

Psychologist, Alice Nadelman, said neither parent showed 'the psychological capacity... to provide safe and appropriate parental care on their own'.




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