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WC Social Development Dept ‘studying’ Ava Barley’s death ruling

The department says it is studying a high court ruling that found it is to blame for the death of a baby at an unregistered daycare centre in 2010.

FILE: Baby Ava Rose Barley. Picture: Supplied.

CAPE TOWN - The Western Cape Social Development Department says it is studying a High Court ruling that found it is to blame for the death of a baby at an unregistered daycare centre in 2010.

Five-month-old Ava Barley accidentally asphyxiated after she rolled off a bed at the Pinelands facility.

The Western Cape Social Development Department is not commenting on the ruling just yet.

On Friday, Judge Daniel Dlodlo ruled that despite the department’s bold denials, it is liable to pay damages to baby Ava Barley's parents following the tragedy.

Dlodlo found that the daycare owner had applied to the department to be registered in 2008.

At the time of the baby’s death, the centre was still not registered.

Baby Ava became trapped between a bed and a bedside table when she rolled off the bed.

The baby’s parents also won a negligence case against the owner of the daycare centre.

(Edited by Zamangwane Shange)