Spinocerebellar ataxia type 5 (SCA-5) is a predominantly slowly progressive adult onset ataxia. We describe a child with a presentation of ataxic cerebral palsy (CP) and developmental delay at 6 months of age. Genetic testing confirmed a c.812C>T p.(Thr271Ile) mutation within the SPTBN2 gene. Seven previous cases of infantile onset SCA-5 are reported in the literature, four of which had a CP presentation. Early onset of SCA-5 presents with ataxic CP and is a rare cause of cerebral palsy.