What do you think about this order? is Judge Ballew right in her judgement?
Judge Ballew ordered the 7-month-old's name be "Martin DeShawn McCullough." It includes both parent's last names but leaves out Messiah.
"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," Judge Ballew said.
Martin responded saying, "I was shocked. I never intended on naming my son Messiah because it means God and I didn't think a judge could make me change my baby's name because of her religious beliefs."
According to Judge Ballew, it is the first time she has ordered a first name change. She said the decision is best for the child, especially while growing up in a county with a large Christian population.
"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," Judge Ballew said.
Martin's two older children are named Micah and Mason. She liked how the name Messiah sounded alongside the other two siblings and thought it was unique.
"Everybody believes what they want so I think I should be able to name my child what I want to name him, not someone else," Martin said.
Judge Ballew said the parents will have to change the name on the birth certificate.
However, Martin is appealing the judge's decision. It will go before the Cocke County Chancellor on Sept. 17. www.wbir.com