After Public Outcry, Caylee Doll Sales Halted

By: From WJXT, Jacksonville, FL
By: From WJXT, Jacksonville, FL

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - A businessman's plans to sell a doll named after a slain 2-year-old Orlando girl were suspended early Tuesday after public outcry over "The Inspirational Caylee Sunshine Doll."

Caylee Anthony's story touched people across the country. After a five-month search, her body was found in a wooded area near Orlando. Her mother, Casey Anthony, is charged with first-degree murder in the case.

Just over a month after a utility worker found Caylee's remains, Jaime Salcedo's company, Showbiz Promotions, created a doll with intention to donating $3 from the sale of each $29.95 dSalcedo said the 18-inch doll that sings "You Are My Sunshine," the song Caylee Anthony was heard singing in a home video, was created as a tribute to the slain toddler.

Within hours of announcing that Caylee doll would go on sale at noon Tuesday, critics came forward calling the doll morbid and expressing outrage that anyone would try to profit from the slaying of a little girl.

Monday night, Salcedo defended the doll, saying in addition to raising money for a national missing and exploited children's organization, the doll would help promote awareness.

"We want to give … we're not trying to get rich. We're putting ourselves at a whole lot of risk," Salcedo said. "She'll be a banner for missing and exploited children, and people will know and have a better idea how to handle those situations or stop those situations from happening."

Salcedo said the doll looks nothing like Caylee Anthony on purpose because he did not want to offend the Anthony family.

When asked why a $29.99 doll has to be sold for that purpose when most people already know Caylee Anthony's story, Salcedo replied, "The way that they look at it is morbid and all negative, 'Oh, the little girl is killed.' They don't look at the thing that Caylee's in heaven right now and she's dancing and singing and she's joyous and in a better place than any of us here."

By Tuesday morning, the sales were suspended.

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