APNewsBreak: Daycare closed in Minn. pardon case

Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty's administration has shut down a family daycare run by the wife of a pardoned sex offender now facing new molestation charges.

The Associated Press obtained a letter from the state Department of Human Services suspending Susan Giefer's daycare license, effective Wednesday.

The letter says Blue Earth County Human Services received a report on Nov. 17 that is now being investigated by county law enforcement and child protection.

Jeremy Giefer, Susan's husband, was charged Nov. 18 with sexually abusing a girl before and after his 2008 pardon for an earlier sex offense. Giefer's attorney says his client is innocent.

Giefer sought the pardon partly so his wife could open the daycare.

The three-person pardon board was headed by Pawlenty, a likely Republican presidential candidate in 2012.