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Dana Lawhon of Oklahoma City covers her face, composing herself after becoming emotional after addressing DHS commissioners and lawmakers  during a public remarks portion of Tuesday's hearing. She asked several times, "Why is my son in this box?" as she lifted the small box (shown here on her lap) containing the ashes of her son, Charles Lawhon, who committed suicide in June of 1998.   At right is Brad Yarbrough, who was named the chairman of the DHS Commission today.   Reps. Richard Morrissette and  Rep. Rep. Mike Sanders led a public hearing at the state Capitol Tuesday, Oct. 25, 2011, looking into complaints and allegations of misconduct and lack of professional services against the Department of Human Services.    Photo by Jim Beckel, The Oklahoman