When her children were taken into custody, Deborah Campbell "angrily asked whether she was being forced to choose between her children and her husband, and then said, 'Take them,'" the court document said.
While in custody, little Adolf Hitler Campbell has acted out aggressively toward his sisters, his foster mother and state psychologist Dr. Alice Nadelman, the court record showed.
"(He) took a vacuum cleaner to his sister's throat, saying, 'I'm going to kill you.' The boy told the foster mother on more than one occassion that she was a 'b**ch' and that he was going to kill her... Dr. Nadelman was called a 'b**ch' by the 3-year-old boy when she prevented him from leaving the room."
At the time the children were taken into custody in January 2009, DYFS spokeswoman Kate Bernyk said, "I can say we become involved when there is an allegation of abuse or neglect, and remove a child only if there is an imminent risk to the safety of child. We would never remove a child simply based on their name."
Holland Township Police Sgt. John Harris who personally escorted the child-safety workers to the family's Holland Township home last year, said at the time, "I was at the house to keep the peace and protect the workers."
One of the family's neighbors said she had been called by DYFS to testify at a hearing but said she had not witnessed any "sexual or physical abuse."
"He [Heath Campbell] had some kind of hold over those kids and his wife. I don't think it was sexual or physical abuse, but the kids were confined to certain areas in the house," said Lori Dilts, 38, a neighbor and the daughter of the Campbells' landlord.
"It was more than just their names and the cake situation," said Dilts, who was reluctant to share any more details until after the hearing.
"Those children look outwardly healthy, but they didn't have much freedom," she said. "Occasionally, the little boy would come over here and would hate having to go back to his house."
Dilts said Campbell had swords and Nazi paraphernalia hanging on the walls of the family's home. She said the couple was unemployed and received government assistance to pay their rent.