12/22/2014 01:29 EST | Updated 02/21/2015 05:59 EST

Attempted murder, sexual assault charges laid in beating of girl

A man has been charged with attempted murder, aggravated sexual assault and kidnapping in the severe beating of a child on the Paul First Nation in Alberta.

James Clifford Paul, 21, was arrested Saturday on the Alexis First Nation.

He remains in custody. 

The six-year-old girl was found lying naked and severely injured in the snow on the reserve west of Edmonton on Saturday.

The girl remains in hospital, still unconscious, and is in stable but very serious condition.