What's in a Name?

08/08/2010

A New Jersey court has refused to return Adolf Hitler to his parents.  I'm not talking about the former German dictator who sought world domination.  Rather, I'm talking about a little kid whose parents decided to brand him with the name "Adolf Hitler Campbell."

What parents in their right mind would name their kid "Adolf Hitler?"  Turns out the parents in this case have a few mental problems of their own besides their choice of names for their kids.

In this case, the New Jersey court ruled that the parents could not regain custody of little Adolf, citing the parents’ own disabilities and the risk of serious injury to their children.  The state had previously removed Heath and Deborah Campbell’s three small children (including Adolf) from their home in 2009. A month earlier, the family drew attention when a supermarket refused to decorate a birthday cake with the saying to the effect of "Happy Birthday Adolf Hitler." 

If you think about it, you have to be pretty sick to name your kid “Adolf Hitler,” knowing full well what is in store for him at American playgrounds and public schools as he grows up.  But does an inappropriate name rise to the level of child abuse?

Turns out the New Jersey court never had to reach that issue.  The court found that there were many other reasons that proved the need for continued protection services for the children. According to court records, both parents are unemployed and both suffer from unspecified but significant physical and psychological disabilities. Does that really surprise anyone?

On a happy note, little "Adolf" was able to get his birthday cake decorated after the ShopRite bakery refused.  How you may ask.  Simple ... they went to Wal-Mart who puts the customer first no matter what.