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Michaela Petit

State 'Children's Flower' Would Honor Cheshire Home Invasion Victim

State 'Children's Flower' Would Honor Cheshire Home Invasion Victim

HARTFORD — The fragrant and tender blooms of four o'clocks were a favorite of the youngest victim of a brutal, 2007 home invasion in Cheshire. Lawmakers held a hearing Wednesday on a plan to designate four o'clocks, or Mirabilis jalapa, as the official state children's flower in honor of Michaela Petit. The flowers come in vivid shades of pink, red and yellow, in addition to white. House Bill 5174 was proposed by Rep. Al Adinolfi, a Republican from Cheshire who lived near the Petit family. He said Wednesday that he expects the legislation to receive strong support in the General Assembly. The idea is being championed by Michaela's father, Dr. William Petit Jr....

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