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Judge charged in name case

NASHVILLE — An East Tennessee magistrate who ordered a baby’s name changed from Messiah to Martin has been charged with violating the state’s Code of Judicial Conduct.

Child Support Magistrate Lu Ann Ballew ordered the name change at a paternity hearing in Newport on Aug. 8.

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At the time, the parents were disputing the 8-month-old baby’s surname.

The mother, Jaleesa Martin, hoped to keep the name she had given the boy— Messiah Deshawn Martin — and the father, Jawaan McCullough, wanted the baby to bear his last name.

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