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Caylee Anthony doll suspended

JACKSONVILLE, FL (WFLX) - A Jacksonville promotions company had people shaking their heads in disgust after they tried to sell a doll inspired by slain toddler Caylee Marie Anthony. The company now says the doll has been suspended "after listening to the advice of the general public".

The Inspirational Caylee Sunshine Doll, which plays a song when her bellybutton is pushed, was on sale for $29.99 at cayleedoll.com.

The press release on CayleeDoll.com says:

It was our intention to begin the sale of the Sunshine Caylee Doll at 12:00 p.m. January 27, 2009. As we mentioned to the media in our press release, it was very important that we allow the press to present our idea to the public first in an effort to measure the reaction to our fund raising efforts. As the story developed, we also announced that we would be donating 100 percent of the profits to charity. However, after reviewing the response to our media introduction of the Sunshine Caylee Doll and listening to the advice of the general public, we feel that is it best to suspend the launch of The Sunshine Caylee Doll.

While we still feel it is important to raise awareness and raise money to help stop this type of crime from being committed. We feel we can be more effective using more traditional methods.

We would like to thank everyone who made comments or called us to express their opinion.

Jaime Salcedo
President
Showbiz Promotions

Before the company announced the suspension of the doll, the lawyer representing Caylee's grandparents, George and Cindy Anthony, was outraged.

"This is an example of another person trying to profit from the tragedy of Caylee's death," lawyer Brad Conway said. "He has never met my clients, spoken to my clients and has not gotten authority of any type to do this. And after I have a chance to research it, I will likely take whatever legal action I can."

The blond, 18-inch doll wore jeans and a t-shirt depicting a sun and the phrase: "CAYLEE SUNSHINE." The song "You Are My Sunshine" played when her stomach is pushed.

Showbiz Promotions is already the center of an active civil investigation by the state Attorney General's Office. The allegation: Consumers ordered and paid for merchandise from two Web sites, but never received anything.

One of those sites sells a "Vick Dog Chew Toy" for $7.77.

The site is still selling "Caylee Sunshine" t-shirts, bracelets and stickers.

Caylee's mother, Casey Anthony, is accused of killing her daughter, who would have turned 3 in August, and the 22-year-old mother remains at the Orange County Jail on first-degree murder and other charges.

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