Hitler’s Mom Speaks Out, Defies Court Order

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

By Vince Lattanzio
|  Tuesday, Jan 20, 2009  |  Updated 9:56 AM PDT
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Adolf Hitler Campbell and his two sisters were removed from their parents' home after the state alleged that they were in danger.

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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.

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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.

“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.

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.

"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.

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

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