American student detained in China has been released, according to US senator


Posted on: July 23rd, 2017 by ABC News No Comments

iStock/Thinkstock(BEIJING) — An American college student who was arrested in China one week ago after allegedly injuring a taxi driver who was roughing up his mother in a dispute over a fare has been released, according to a U.S. senator.

Steve Daines, the U.S. Senator from Montana, released a statement Sunday announcing the release of Guthrie McLean, 25, at 2 a.m. local time in China.

“I am thrilled to report that we just received an email from Guthrie McLean’s mother that ‘prayers answered, Guthrie is home,'” Daines said in a statement. “After days of working the phones with top Chinese and American officials to secure Guthrie’s freedom from a Chinese detention facility, he has been safely reunited with his mother.”

Daines’ office said in a statement that he had been working with Chinese and U.S. embassies as well as Jennifer McLean in an effort to coordinate the student’s return to the U.S.

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