After Avonte's Death, Feds Agree to Fund Tracking Devices for Autistic Children

Sen. Schumer had proposed a law that would provide $10 million to pay for the devices

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    The U.S. Department of Justice says it will fund voluntary tracking devices for children with autism or other conditions that put them at risk for fleeing their caregivers. Pei-Sze Cheng has the story.

    The U.S. Department of Justice says it will fund voluntary tracking devices for children with autism or other conditions that put them at risk for fleeing their caregivers.

    Sen. Charles Schumer announced the agreement Wednesday. It comes after the remains of autistic teenager Avonte Oquendo were found in the East River.

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    Friends and family gathered at the funeral for Avonte Oquendo, a 14-year-old autistic boy who was last seen alive running out of his school. Sheldon Dutes reports.

    Schumer called Sunday for legislation to provide GPS tracking devices for autistic children and others with a tendency to bolt from parents or caregivers.

    The senator now says the Department of Justice has agreed to allow existing grant funds to be used for the voluntary devices.

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    The family of Avonte Oquendo is waiting to find out if the remains found in the East River are that of the missing autistic teenager.

    The Department of Justice confirmed the agreement.

    Avonte's disappearance from his Queens school on Oct. 4 triggered a massive search.

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    The lawyer for Avonte Oquendo's family cautioned that the body parts found in College Point are still being tested to see if there is a DNA link between them and the missing Queens boy. Sheldon Dutes reports

    Schumer's legislation was to have been called Avonte's Law.

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    The Oquendo family's attorney says a footprint might help determine whether remains found along the Queens side of the East River the past few days are Avonte's. Rob Schmitt reports.

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