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Teen eats screws and needles in his prison cell racking up $1 million in medical bills

By Mason White 1:38 PM May 28, 2015
Lamont Cathey 

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.