Bill names state children's flower after slain Cheshire girl

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — A bill naming a state children's flower after one of the young victims of the deadly 2007 Cheshire home invasion is heading to the governor.

"Michaela's Four O'Clocks" would be designated in honor of Michaela Rose Petit, the 11-year-old who was killed in the home invasion along with her sister and mother.

Dr. William Petit, Michaela's father, recalled in February how his daughter helped him plant Four O'Clocks and collect the seeds at the end of each season so they could be replanted the following spring.

Petit rescued the seeds after the home invasion. They've been growing at the Connecticut Science Center rooftop as part of an educational program.

The Senate placed the legislation on its consent calendar Friday night, signifying unanimous agreement. The bill already cleared the House.