Johnson City Press Tuesday, September 2, 2014
News Regional & National

Complaint filed on East Tennessee judge who changed baby's name from 'Messiah'

August 15th, 2013 2:47 pm by Staff Report

Complaint filed on East Tennessee judge who changed baby's name from 'Messiah'

This photo provided by Heidi Wigdahl of WBIR-TV shows seven-month old Martin DeShawn McCullough being held by his mom Jaleesa Martin. (AP Photo/Heidi Wigdahl)

A Wisconsin-based nonprofit association of atheists and agnostics says it has filed a complaint against a Tennessee magistrate for changing a baby's name from Messiah to Martin.

The Freedom from Religion Foundation sent a letter to the Board of Judicial Conduct on Wednesday accusing Child Support Magistrate Lu Ann Ballew of violating the state's code of judicial conduct.

At a paternity hearing last week, Ballew ordered a child's name changed from Messiah DeShawn Martin to Martin DeShawn McCullough. Martin is the surname of the child's mother, while McCullough is the surname of the child's father.

In her order, Ballew explained the change by saying that "'Messiah' is a title that is held only by Jesus Christ."

Ballew did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Related articles:


Reactions have been strong to a Tennessee judge changing a baby's name from Messiah. What do you think?


East Tennessee judge changes infant's name from 'Messiah'


comments powered by Disqus