Judge recommends day home review after toddler’s death

CALGARY – An Alberta judge is recommending an extensive review of the province’s child-care system following a 22-month-old girl’s death.

Mackenzy Woolfsmith was found injured in a private Calgary day home in May 2012.

Her caregiver, Caitlyn Jarosz, said the toddler, who died from brain and spinal cord injuries, had fallen down the stairs and flipped through the air.

Judge Josh Hawkes calls the girl’s death a shocking tragedy and wants a re-examination of the legislative, policy and operational framework that governs child-care in Alberta.

He says the risks to the very young and vulnerable are real and a review is necessary to reduce a recurrence of events like these.

Alberta Premier Rachel Notley says she hasn’t seen the report but says efforts to make the system safer for children will continue.

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