Teen eats screws and needles in his prison cell racking up $1 million in medical billsBy Mason White 1:38 PM May 28, 2015
By: Chan Yuan
(Scroll down for video) A teen in Illinois, who was arrested on charges of robbery, is eating metal and leather inside his prison cell, the defendant’s lawyer told a court.
So far, 17-year-old Lamont Cathey has cost the Cook County Jail, more than $1 million in medical expenses.
Cathey has been in jail for 16 months after he was arrested for a robbery committed at a pizza store. His bail was set at $5,000 but no one has paid it.
A plea deal was in place, which called to put Cathey in a camp, but that did not materialize. Since then, he has been swallowing metal objects that have put him in the hospital.
He ate screws, needles, a pin, leather strips and part of a medical device. Cathey has needed several operations to remove those things from his body.
His lawyer told the court that Cathey needs psychiatric treatment instead of being in jail.