"Hitler Kids'" Aunt Speaks Out About Judge's Ruling - NBC 10 Philadelphia

"Hitler Kids'" Aunt Speaks Out About Judge's Ruling

EXCLUSIVE: Aunt says family haven't been able to get their side of the story heard



    Aunt Says Children Taken Because of Names

    Less than a week after a judge ruled three children couldn't be returned to their parents because of evidence of abuse or neglect, their aunt speaks out. (Published Tuesday, Aug. 10, 2010)

    Less than a week after a court ruled the infamous "Hitler Children" wouldn't be returning to the care of the parents who chose their Nazi-inspired names, the kids' aunt is speaking out.

    In an exclusive interview with NBC Philadelphia's Doug Shimell, Jeannie Coverdale says Deborah and Heath Campbell would never abuse their children.

    "I really thought the children would be returned by now because they never had abused the children," she said Tuesday. "They were good parents."

    Adolf Hitler Campbell, JoyceLynn Aryan Nation Campbell and Honszlynn Hinler Jeannie Campbell were removed from their parents' care in January 2009 after a feud over a birthday cake put their family in the national spotlight.

    The Campbells demanded an apology from a New Jersey supermarket after it refused to write their son Adolf's name on a cake for his 3rd birthday. Almost a month later, officials from the State of New Jersey's Division of Youth and Family Services put the children in protective custody.

    Almost two years later, an appellate judge has ruled there is sufficient evidence of abuse and neglect to keep the children away from their parents for the foreseeable future.

    "[Heath and Debbie] have been trying to get their side out and they couldn't, they're not allowed to," Coverdale said.

    While the children's names are disturbing to many -- they were not the reason the judge ruled against returning the kids to their Holland Township, N.J. home. A letter allegedly written by Deborah to a neighbor saying Heath threatened to kill her and the children several times before and that he teaches Adolf to kill. One which she later denied writing.

    The judge also cited the couple's lack of employment and unspecified physical and psychological disabilities. But Coverdale isn't buying those reasons, she says it's all because of the names.

    "I don't understand how you could say because somebody's on disability they're unfit parents," she said. "I believe it's because of their names because if you look back at the time they took them it was when it came out in the paper."

    Coverdale said the family is being punished because Heath Campbell's poor communication with the Division of Youth and Family Services.

    "He's supposed to like Children and Youth? They stole his children for no reason," she said. "He doesn't have any mental condition. He's frustrated with the fact that he's being cheated and judged."

    Coverdale vows that the Campbells are good people who love their children and just want them home. "If you were to spend a month with the Campbells…Heath and Debbie are fine."

    The family plans to return to family court and fight for the kids. Coverdale believes the judge will overturn the ruling because she says evidence was overlooked by the appellate judge.

    "They have letters from their doctors…everything is a lie," she said. "It is a political thing now about the children."


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