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Hitler’s Mom Speaks Out, Defies Court Order

Campbells say they still don't know why children were taken



    Hitler’s Mom Speaks Out, Defies Court Order
    Ray Cordero
    Adolf Hitler Campbell and his two sisters were removed from their parents' home after the state alleged that they were in danger.

    It’s been almost a week since the state of New Jersey took Deborah Campbell’s three children from her home and she says officials have yet to tell her and her husband why. But Campbell suspects it has something to do with the names they bestowed upon their kids.

    Not sure when she will be able to see her kids again, Deborah decided to break a judge’s gag order and make a public plea for the return of her children.

    "They belong home with their mother and father. They don’t belong out there in a stranger’s home," Campbell told NBC10’s Mike Strug Monday night.

    Officials from the NJ Division of Youth and Family Services took the children -- Adolf Hitler Campbell, 3, JoyceLynn Aryan Nation Campbell, 1, and Honszlynn Hinler Jeannie Campbell, who will turn 1 in April – from the Campbell’s home in Milford, N.J. last Tuesday, saying only that they felt the children were in danger.

    Hitler's Mom Speaks Out, Defies Court Order

    [PHI] Hitler's Mom Speaks Out, Defies Court Order
    Deborah Campbell says she does not know why her three children were taken from her home a week ago, but that they belong home.
    (Published Tuesday, Jan. 20, 2009)

    “They felt the children were in danger for their lives. They didn’t say physically, mentally…nothing like that,” said Campbell.

    The Campbell’s three children were dropped into the center of a media firestorm last December when they asked a grocery store in Greenwich, N.J., to write “Adolf Hitler” on their son’s birthday cake. The store refused, saying it was inappropriate.

    The store refused to give an apology when the parents demanded one. A local Wal-Mart ended up honoring their request.

    RAW VIDEO: Adolt Hitler Campbell's Mother Pleads for Legal Help

    [PHI] RAW VIDEO: Adolt Hitler Campbell's Mother Pleads for Legal Help
    3-year old Adolf Hitler Campbell's mother talks about why she will never change the Nazi-inspired names of her children. She also makes a plea for legal help.
    (Published Tuesday, Jan. 20, 2009)

    DYFS officials were tight-lipped when asked why the children were removed from the parents’ care, citing confidentially laws, and local police would only acknowledge that they escorted DYFS to the Campbell’s home the week before.

    In an interview with the New York Times, The Campbell's landlord Larry Lippincot said he would hear the kids playing late into the night and that the family would often argue with a family member who "threatened to firebomb the house:"

    "Mr. Lippincott said he had decided — before the cake incident — not to renew the Campbells’ lease when it expired in November because, he said, a relative they frequently argue with threatened to “firebomb the house.” He expects to begin eviction proceedings soon. “They’re not destroying anything, the house is clean and they pay their rent on time,” he said. But, he added, “There comes a point when you say, ‘Enough is enough.’”

    It is not clear if these circumstances have any bearing on DYFS' decision, but Deborah has her own theory. She believes the childrens' names are to blame.

    RAW VIDEO: Adolf Hitler Campbell's Mother Talks About Custody Case

    [PHI] RAW VIDEO: Adolf Hitler Campbell's Mother Talks About Custody Case
    The mother of 3-year old Adolf Hitler Campbell defies orders NOT to talk and answers questions about why her children were taken from their parents. All three children have Nazi-inspired names. Deborah Campbell was interviewed on January 19, 2009.
    (Published Tuesday, Jan. 20, 2009)

    "The names, I believe are the problems. But they just don’t want to come out and say that,” Campbell said.

    The couple has defended the names of their children saying they reserve the right to name the kids whatever they like.

    “A name is a name,” Heath Campbell said last December.

    RAW VIDEO: Adolf Hitler Campbell's Aunt Defends His Name

    [PHI] RAW VIDEO: Adolf Hitler Campbell's Aunt Defends His Name
    3-year old Adolf Hitler Campbell's Aunt, Jeanne Coverdale, joined his mother in defending his name and defying orders NOT to talk about the custody case of Adolf and his sisters, who were taken from their parents home over a week ago. All 3 children have Nazi-inspired names.
    (Published Tuesday, Jan. 20, 2009)

    Jeanne Coverdale, the kid’s aunt, offered an analogy to people who feel the names are in bad taste.

    “What about tomorrow night when the President of the United States stands up and say, is forced to say, my name is Barack Hussein Obama. How’s that going to hit the world?” Coverdale said. "I'm saying the one with the middle name he has, was a terrorist.”

    Coverdale says it’s “no different” than having a name like Adolf Hitler.

    Deborah insists they are not part of the Aryan Nation or fans of what Hitler is famous for and said the swastika tattoo her husband displays on his arm is simply art.

    The Campbells are asking for an attorney to help them fight to bring the children home.

    “We would like you to please help us get my three innocent children back.”

    Timeline of Related Stories:

    Dec 17, 2008: "Nein" Cake for You, Little Adolf
    VIDEO: 3-Year Old Adolf Hitler Causes Cake Mess

    Dec 20, 2008: "Adolf Hitler's" Parents Want Apology

    Dec. 20, 2008: Wal-Mart Taking Heat for "Adolf Hitler" Cake

    Dec. 23, 20008: Hitler Cake Death Threat Sent to Wrong Family

    VIDEO: Jan. 14, 2009: Adolf Hitler Campbell & Sisters Taken From Home

    Jan 16, 2009: Adolf Hitler, Sisters, Taken from Parents

    Jan 19, 2009: Hitler's Mom Speaks Out, Defies Court Order
    VIDEO: Hitler's Mom Speaks Out, Defies Court Order
    RAW VIDEO: Interview with Adolf Hitler Campbell's Mom
    RAW VIDEO: Interview with Aunt Defending Names
    RAW VIDEO: Plea for Legal Help