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Judges rule mother can't name baby girl 'Cyanide' after poison that killed Hitler because it might harm child

Mirror Mirror 15/04/2016 By Gemma Mullin

Top judges have told a mother she cannot call her baby girl 'Cyanide' after the poison that killed Adolf Hitler because it might harm the child.

The mum, who also chose the name 'Preacher' for her daughter's twin brother, insisted that she had a human right to name her own children.

She said 'Cyanide' was a "lovely, pretty name" and had positive connotations as the poison which ended the lives of both Hitler and Goebbels.

But, in the first case of its kind, Appeal Court judges ruled that it was an "extreme" case and that the mother's "unusual" choices might harm her children.

The mum has a chaotic history of mental illness, drug and alcohol abuse and relationships with abusive men, said Lady Justice King.

The twins were said to have been "conceived as a result of rape" and they, as well as the mother's three older children, had all been taken from her care.

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The twins, who are eight months' old, and two of their half-siblings are now living with foster parents.

When Powys County Council social workers learnt of the names the mother had chosen for the twins, they took the case to court in an unprecedented step.

And, in June last year, a judge issued an injunction against the mother, forbidding her from formally registering the twins' unorthodox forenames.

Her lawyers appealed, insisting that the refusal to let her name her own children violated her right to respect for family life.

But Lady Justice King, sitting with Lady Justice Gloster and Lord Justice David Richards, said that naming a little girl after a "notorious poison" was simply unacceptable.

Although there was nothing seriously objectionable about the name "Preacher", she ruled that both twins' names should be chosen by their older half-siblings. The judge said that, 'even allowing for changes in taste, fashion and developing individual perception', 'Cyanide' was a very odd name to give to a baby girl.

The mother said 'Preacher' was a 'rather cool name' which sent a 'strong spiritual' message and which would 'stand my son well for the future'.

Cyanide, she said, was linked with flowers and plants and was "responsible for killing Hitler and Goebbels and I consider that this was a good thing".

Due to the impasse, it had been impossible to formally name the twins so their foster parents fell back by calling them by "terms of endearment".

Lady Justice King said the courts would intervene to prevent a parent naming a child "in only the most extreme cases".

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But she ruled: "This is one of those rare cases where the court should intervene to protect the girl twin from emotional harm that I am satisfied she would suffer if called 'Cyanide'".

While growing up, the girl would anyway "have to come to terms with the fact" with the fact that her mother had tried to "name her after a notorious poison".

'Preacher', although unusual, was not as bad as 'Cyanide', but the judge ruled it was in both twins' interests that that names should be chosen by their half-siblings.

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