Published January 27, 2009
A Florida company said it is halting planned sales of a wide-eyed doll called Caylee that was made as a "tribute" to a murdered Orlando girl with the same name.
The Jacksonville-based Showbiz Promotions was going to offer the "Inspirational Caylee Sunshine Doll," named after 2-year-old Caylee Anthony, for $29.99 starting at noon Tuesday.
But the company said Tuesday morning that sales were suspended before they started.
"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," Showbiz Promotions said on the product's Web site, www.cayleedoll.com.
Showbiz president Jaime Salcedo told FOXNews.com that he is considering bringing the toy back at a later date.
An attorney for the Anthony family had said he was going to call the company about the doll. It wasn't immediately known whether family opposition was part of the reason sales were stopped.
Salcedo said the Anthonys hadn't been contacted.
"They weren't approached," he told FOXNews.com. "We don't know how to get in touch with them."
The blonde-haired, blue-eyed doll comes in a "Caylee Sunshine" T-shirt and intentionally doesn't bear much resemblance to the child, according to Salcedo. He said he thought it would be too morbid.
Caylee had light brown hair and big brown eyes.
The song "You Are My Sunshine," which the little girl sang in home videos that have been publicized in the high-profile case, plays when the 18-inch doll's bellybutton is pushed.
Salcedo said he planned to donate some of the proceeds from the toy to charities dedicated to finding missing children. He said there was enough positive feedback from the public to potentially restart sales at another time in the future.
"At this point, we've asked production to be held," he told FOXNews.com. "We're going to see if we can present it in a more classy and sensitive fashion .. now that there has been an outcry of support. This was the only good thing being said about Caylee Anthony."
It isn't the first time Salcedo has tried to capitalize on events in the news. Showbiz Promotions has also made Sarah Palin dolls and Michael Vick dog chew toys, according to MyFOXOrlando.com.
The company, said Salcedo, wanted the Caylee toy to "be a tribute" to Caylee Anthony, whose body was found by a utility worker in December in woods near where she lived with her mother and grandparents in Orlando. She was reported missing in July.
Caylee's mother Casey Anthony is behind bars and charged with the girl's murder.
The case has been marked by dramatic twists and turns and intense media scrutiny.
Caylee's grandfather George Anthony remains hospitalized after disappearing last week and saying he wanted to take his own life.
FOXNews.com's Catherine Donaldson-Evans, Joshua Rhett Miller and The Associated Press contributed to this report.