By Associated Press - Sunday, May 24, 2015

CHICAGO (AP) - Cook County jail officials say a Chicago teenager who’s been locked up since last year has required more than $1 million in medical care because he ingests pieces of metal and other objects.

The Chicago Tribune reports ( ) Lamont Cathey has been in the Cook County Jail for 16 months after being charged with stealing money from a pizzeria safe. He was unable to post $5,000 cash bond.

When a plea deal fell through, jail officials say the teen began swallowing screws, needles, a thumbtack and other objects.

He’s been hospitalized two dozen times and had multiple operations to remove objects from his digestive tract.

Jail officials say they’ve posted a 24-hour guard outside Cathey’s cell, and call the case frustrating and sad.

Cathey’s lawyers say he needs psychiatric treatment.


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