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The casket of 4-year-old Dontel Jeffers was carried from The Greater Love Tabernacle Church in Dorchester after his funeral service yesterday. His mother, Christal Claiborne (far right), was among the mourners. Dontel was placed in a foster home 11 days before his death.
The casket of 4-year-old Dontel Jeffers was carried from The Greater Love Tabernacle Church in Dorchester after his funeral service yesterday. His mother, Christal Claiborne (far right), was among the mourners. Dontel was placed in a foster home 11 days before his death. (Globe Staff Photo / David L. Ryan) Globe Staff Photo / David L. Ryan

Mourners seek answers

Anguish, frustration prevail at funeral of boy who died in foster care

By Megan Tench
Globe Staff / March 17, 2005

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What began with loving tributes to a 4-year-old boy who died in foster care ended with a fiery eulogy yesterday that brought hundreds of mourners to their feet and took top officials with the state Department of Social Services to task. (Full article: 774 words)

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