The Florida Attorney General has sued the creator of the Caylee Anthony Sunshine doll and Michael Vick chew toys. Both products were created by Showbiz Promotions, under the guidance of the company’s president, Jamie Salcedo.
Due to public outcry, Jamie Salcedo had stated that the company would stop all sales of the doll in January 2009. Though this was the company’s official statement, if you had visited their website, cayleedoll.com, you would have found the Caylee Anthony doll for sale along with other items such as tee-shirts and bracelets that all carried Caylee Anthony’s name or image.
After being contacted by Brad Conway, attorney for Cindy and George Anthony, Casey Anthony’s parents and grandparents to Caylee Anthony, the doll was pulled from the website, and as of March 19, 2009 Caylee Anthony tee-shirts and bracelets were also removed from the website, however, that move didn’t end troubles for Showbiz Promotions. Today, April 9, 2009 the Florida Attorney General, Bill McCollum, filed a suit against Showbiz Productions.
When Showbiz Promotions first announced sale of the Caylee Anthony doll, Jamie Salcedo stated to the media, even speaking to Nancy Grace of HLN, that proceeds from the doll would be donated to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. The Attorney General reports that very little was contributed to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children and calls the practices of Showbiz Promotions, and its founder, Jaimie Salcedo deceptive and unfair.
Likewise, the proceeds of the Michael Vick chew toy were supposed to be donated to local animal shelters. Very little contributions were ever made, and it is estimated that only $10.00 were donated to the NCMEC and nothing was contributed to local animal shelters. The Florida Attorney General is seeking $10,000 in civil penalties.
Nancy Grace interviews James Salcedo of Showbiz Promotions regarding sales and charitable contributions for the Caylee Anthony Doll.