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NBC: Little Adolf Hitler Campbell's future may be shaped by two huge events he had no control over -- the name his parents gave him and the day last December when a grocery store refused to put that name on his birthday cake. Adolf was only three. Now, his family says the fury over the cake episode may cost Adolf and his young sisters the one thing kids count on the most -- their parents.

Adolf's sisters also have names associated with Nazis: JoyceLynn Aryan Nation Campbell and Honszylynn Hinter Jeannie Campbell. After the controversial birthday cake story made headlines around the world in January, the New Jersey Division of Youth and Family Services took all three kids out of their parents' Milford home.

An aunt, speaking on behalf of the family, says they're all afraid now that the children will be put up for adoption. The big question is: Why?

"I think the names were a big part of it. Adolf Hitler, JoyceLynn Aryan Nation? Their names had a lot to do with ther being taken," Jeannie Coverdale told NBC10's Doug Shimell Wednesday. She is speaking on behalf of the couple so they don't break the gag order in the case.

Parents Deborah and Heath Campbell, who received death threats after defending the birthday cake request, said in January they heard rumors that someone made an anonymous and what Heath called a false allegation of child abuse against them.

Right now, the Campbells get to visit their kids twice a week but Coverdale say five months after the kids were taken away, no one has given them any kind of detailed explanation.

"They're not giving Heath and Debbie any information or telling them how to gain their kids back," Covendale said. "I truthfully think that Youth Services will put the kids up for adoption."

State officials are not supposed to talk publicly about cases involving minors in order to protect the children. Dad Heath Campbell said the agency told him in January the children were removed because they were in "imminent danger."

The Campbells, in interviews, have continually denied being Nazi sympathizers or anything of the sort. The couple has defended the names of their children saying they found them in baby books and reserve the right to name their children whatever they like.

"A name is a name," Heath Campbell said last December.

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Jill (the other one) May 28, 2009, 4:16 PM

I don’t care what the aunt says, the government won’t remove children from a home simply because they have unpalatable names. There’s no law against giving your child a horrible name. It’s more likely that something else was going on in the house and that’s the reason the children were taken away.

And if you weren’t a Nazi sympathizer, why the @#$* would you name your child after Hitler?

kitty May 28, 2009, 5:36 PM

So, if they weren’t Nazi sympathizers why would the name their children these names?
Oh, ha-ha, it’s a joke.
not so funny now you racists bigoted bastards huh?

I hope these children get good, intelligent fair and honest parents that they so deserve.
Not these gnarly jerks.

Brooke May 28, 2009, 6:35 PM

yes I’m sure the middle name Aryan Nation was in a baby book.

Syzygy May 28, 2009, 8:06 PM

You people are morons. If these parents have abused or neglected their children, why haven’t they been charged with a crime? You’re so worried about Nazis and racism that you don’t see that KIDNAPPING these kids from their parents is what’s doing them harm. If you can’t find it in yourself to stand up and say that this is outrageous, then don’t complain when the government comes to take YOUR children away for some thought crime. This is no longer America when a parent doesn’t have the right to name their own child anything they want without fear of having them stolen. Absolute insanity.

ChiiNaynee May 28, 2009, 8:33 PM

i don’t know whether or not these children were abused, but it wasnt rite for the to name those children with such horrible names. it is obvious that the father was lying, u wuld never find adolf hitler in a baby book, so yeah, those need to be put under investigation. and where was the hospital who allowed those names to be put on baby certificates in all this??? so maybe the kids werent abused, but they will suffer ridicule and emotional abuse when they enter schooling and ppl see those names. and what about when applying for a job? all of this wuld be the faults of the parents. anyway, since there isnt any evidence of abuse, the children should be given back to their parents and have their names legally changed to something more appropriate

mercaties May 29, 2009, 12:34 AM

Am I the only one that noticed how horribly overweight all three of these children are? These children were given absolutly horrible names that will undoubtably cause them nothing but problems and they are allowed to eat all day but that is not against the law allthough it should be. I talked with my Aunt who works for CPS and she told me that there is no way these kids were taken away because of their names. There are other things going on in this loving, peacefull home. LOL!

Jodi May 29, 2009, 1:26 AM

These kids being removed from their parents is far and away from the one thing that will scar them most in their life. Those names will HAUNT them until they are old enough to have them legally changed. These kids will be bullied, abused and shunned by their peers. Any parent who would willingly place their child in that kind of situation should lose their rights to them. However, that is NOT the reason those children were removed from their home. Stupidity of that kind isn’t the single reason parents lose rights to their kids. Although, it should be. Oh and clearly the Campbell’s think the rest of us are as stupid as they are. Who in their right mind would believe that they randomly picked Adolf Hitler and Aryan Nation out of a baby name book and didn’t have a clue as to their connotation? You can reserve the right to name your children whatever you want, yes, but I reserve the right to call you a dumba$$ for naming your children after the Nazi’s you clearly sympathize with.

Marne Mahoney May 29, 2009, 1:42 AM

Those parents make me sick!

M.A.P May 29, 2009, 3:13 AM

I saw a little interview clip online somewhere sometime ago with parents defending the naming of their children. They did say that it was in no way related to Hitler or anything Nazi related, they stated that they just knew that no other child would have that name..but what struck me as odd, in the back ground in their home, there was a flag hanging on the wall with a swastika. What damn liars!!!

4rights May 29, 2009, 9:25 AM

I do not agree with the names at all but this is America and even though I don’t always support what a person says or does, We have the freedom to name our children whatever we want! This is wrong. Those children were taken because someone didn’t approve of their names. For all you who think the govt has the right to take children whenever they please should realize it makes all parents vulnerable! Give those children back- they will not be better off in foster care.

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