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HeroBuilders Makes 'Tanorexic' Doll Modeled After NJ Mom Patricia Krentcil

OXFORD, Conn. (CBSNewYork/AP) -- A Connecticut company is selling a "Tanorexic" action figure based on the deeply tanned New Jersey mom accused of causing skin burns to her young daughter in a tanning booth.

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Patricia Krentcil, of Nutley, has said she loves tanning, but wouldn't -- and didn't -- take her 6-year-old into a tanning booth. Krentcil pleaded not guilty last week to a child endangerment charge. She said her daughter got a sunburn outdoors.

Emil Vicale, president of Oxford, Conn.,-based HeroBuilders, said everyone has friends into heavy tanning, "and we thought it was a funny thing to do."

"It's a 12-inch, fully articulated action figure, has a tanorexic-type face and it's kind of a novelty item," Vicale told 1010 WINS.

The blonde, orange-faced doll in a black pantsuit is $29.95.

HeroBuilders also has drawn attention for its action figures of presidential hopefuls and scandal-scarred New York congressman Anthony Weiner.

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