Court Changes Baby’s Name from Messiah
Did you hear about the Tennessee parents who named their baby Messiah? Actually, the mom named him Messiah Deshawn Martin. The problem is that Martin is the mom’s last name and the baby’s dad wanted him to have his last name. The disagreement sent the couple to court and they got a big surprise.
At the hearing in Cocke County Chancery Court, Child Support Magistrate Lu Ann Ballew changed the baby’s first name and last name!
The judge explained her decision to local TV channel WBIR-TV. “The word Messiah is a title, and it’s a title that has only been earned by one person, and that one person is Jesus Christ.”
The judge renamed the baby Martin DeShawn McCullough. Martin is the mom’s last name and McCullough is the father’s last name, so the baby has both but no longer is legally named Messiah, which by the way is the 4th fastest growing baby boy name in the U.S.
She explained “It could put him at odds with a lot of people, and at this point he has had no choice in what his name is.”
The baby’s mother, Jaleesa Martin, also spoke to WBIR and admitted she is not happy with the judge’s decision. “I didnâ€™t think a judge could make me change my babyâ€™s name because of her religious beliefs. Everybody believes what they want, so I should be able to name my child what I want to name him.” As a result, she will be calling him Messiah and appealing the judge’s decision.
Too bad the parent’s couldn’t agree on what to name the baby in the first place. Now it’s turned into a decision that is out of their hands, at least until the appeal, and that is still up in the air. There’s no guarantee that it will result in restoring the baby’s first name.
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