|Orlando Sentinel Staff Writer
Showbiz Promotions' Caylee inspired doll. (SHOWBIZ PROMOTIONS / January 26, 2009)
A Jacksonville promotions company plans to sell a doll as a tribute to slain toddler Caylee Marie Anthony.
The Inspirational Caylee Sunshine Doll will go on sale Tuesday for $29.99.
The blonde-haired, 18-inch doll wears jeans and a T-shirt depicting a sun and the phrase: "CAYLEE SUNSHINE." The song "You Are My Sunshine" plays when her belly button is pushed.
Jaime Salcedo, president of Showbiz Promotions, said he is not selling a doll that looks exactly like Caylee because it would be too morbid and difficult for the public.
Instead, he said, they want to honor and respect Caylee's life by bringing awareness to her case.
"We want it to be a tribute," he said.
Salcedo said this is the first product his promotions company will sell that is inspired by the victim of a crime.
Salcedo said he plans to donate a portion of the proceeds to charity -- though he does not have an organization lined up yet.
Salcedo said he's waiting to hear back from several organizations, including the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children. He is considering donating $3 for every doll sold.
Asked about whether it's appropriate for his company profit on Caylee's death, Salcedo said he is anticipating critics.
"I think that that is going to come up," he said.
Salcedo said the public does not understand what it costs to make the doll, ship it, import it, and his company's expenses.
Gross. I don't understand why someone would want to buy a doll in the likeness of a murdered child. Will she come with tape and a heart-shaped sticker? Okay, okay, way too soon. But seriously, yeah right $3/doll is going to go to charity. That thing is going to be selling for $4.99 on the Toys 'R' Us clearance racks before the ides of March.