Some Cook County jail inmates are literally eating parts of the jail, and taxpayers must pay their healthcare and other costs.

X-rays show pieces of metal swallowed by Cook County Jail inmates.

“Who would ever think we’d be talking about this?” asks Sheriff Tom Dart, who was more concerned about stabbings, fights and fires when he first took office.

Metal-swallowing inmate Lamont Cathey alone has cost Cook County taxpayers more than $1 million, according to reports.

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