By STEVEN ELBOW The Capital Times — Wednesday, May 14, 2008
Tyler Mills lost nearly 25 pounds over the course of three weeks, but his jailers didn’t see anything alarming about that. It was his choice to stop eating, his choice to stop drinking, his choice to swallow the toothbrush that was lodged in his stomach.
Sauk County Jail officials deemed it a behavior issue, not a medical one. It could be handled with discipline – solitary confinement, suspension of privileges, physical restraints.
On June 8, 2006, jail staff and human services personnel got the 28-year-old inmate to a Boscobel hospital on a psychological commitment, and medical staff immediately saw they had a medical emergency on their hands.