Heath Campbell, 40, a National Socialist from New Jersey, had his newborn daughter, named Eva Braun, taken away by child services.
The Adolf Hitler-obsessed New Jersey man is up in arms because child welfare workers took away his baby girl — named after the Führer's mistress, Eva Braun — two days after she was born. “I’m not allowed to have children because I’m a Nazi,” Heath Campbell, 40, told the Daily News. “That’s what they’re saying. Well, I’ll stop making them when they stop taking them.”
Campbell, an out-of-work National Socialist covered in swastika tattoos, first made headlines in 2008 when a supermarket refused to inscribe the name of his son, Adolf Hitler Campbell, on a birthday cake. He has now fathered a total of nine children with five different women but doesn’t have custody of any of them.
Campbell’s latest furor was set in motion Nov. 11 when his girlfriend, Bethanie Zito, gave birth to little Eva Lynn Patricia Braun at a Pennsylvania hospital. The 22-year-old Zito was visiting relatives when she went into labor and ended up at Chambersburg Hospital. Zito, after delivering her daughter, said she spent two blissful days with the baby. But just as she was preparing to leave the hospital, nurses took the baby away and in walked workers from the Franklin County, Pa., Children and Youth Service.
“I’m sorry. Your daughter is not coming back,” one of them said, according to Zito. “We’re taking her.”
Zito, whose first child was also taken away from her by the state, flew into a rage.
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“I started screaming. I got hysterical,” she told The News. “I had just been checked out. I was breast-feeding my daughter for two days straight. I changed her. I had clothes on her.”
Campbell was several miles away in his hometown of Milford, unable to come up with the cash needed to see his new daughter.
“They kidnapped her,” said Campbell, who wore a full Third Reich uniform to a June court hearing while he was fighting to see a toddler son named Heinrich Hons. “Because I’m not going to mix with the opposite races and I’m not going to let my children mix, that gives them the right to steal my child?”
But Zito’s court-appointed lawyer said Campbell’s demented views didn’t even come up during an early December custody hearing. Child welfare workers took the baby because Zito’s firstborn is also in state custody.
“If there is an assumption the child is at risk, they can do that,” said lawyer Michael Connor.
Zito said the case has been transferred to a court in Northampton County, Pa., which ordered her first child to be taken away. A court hearing is scheduled for Monday.