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Thursday, June 15, 2017 1:00 am

North Korea brutalized US student, father says

Associated Press

WYOMING, Ohio – The father of an American college student released by North Korea and now hospitalized in a coma says his son was “brutalized” by his captors.

Fred Warmbier told Fox News' Tucker Carlson on Wednesday from his Ohio home that his son, Otto, “is not in great shape right now.”

“Otto has been terrorized and brutalized for 18 months by a pariah regime in North Korea,” the father said in an interview scheduled to air tonight.

The 22-year-old University of Virginia student was medically evacuated from North Korea and flown to Cincinnati late Tuesday. He was then taken by ambulance to a hospital.

Fred Warmbier said he does not know exactly what happened to his son during his detention but said they were told he had been in the coma for over a year.

He and his wife, Cindy, planned a news conference today at Wyoming High School, where their son graduated in 2013 as class salutatorian. Residents of the northern Cincinnati suburb tied blue-and-white ribbons, the school colors, to trees near the family home.