08/05/2015 17:16 EDT | Updated 08/05/2016 01:12 EDT

Judge denies bail for man accused in child sex attack on Alberta reserve

STONY PLAIN, Alta. — A man accused of attacking a six-year-old girl on an Alberta reserve has been denied bail.

James Clifford Paul faces charges of attempted murder, aggravated sexual assault and kidnapping.

The 22-year-old was arrested after the child was found near dead on the Paul First Nation, near Stony Plain, last December.

Relatives have said she was discovered naked in the snow and taken to a hospital with possible brain damage.

At the time, RCMP described the attack as "horrific'' and said the accused knew the girl.

Paul's parents later said threats of violence over the case had forced them and their other children into hiding.

They said Mounties helped move them to a hotel in Edmonton.

Paul is scheduled to have a preliminary hearing on the charges in November.

The Canadian Press