6-year-old girl assaulted on Alberta First Nation continues to recover

EDMONTON – The six-year-old girl — dubbed the “Christmas Angel” — continues to recover from a brutal assault on Paul First Nation Saturday.

A family member says the little girl — who is not being identified — is now conscious. On Wednesday, the family spokesperson described her progress as “positive.”


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“She is responding on her own, she’s sleeping and… I could see the beauty come back to her face — I’ll just say the energy — and it’s good to see that glow again,” adds the family member.

“She’s intelligent…and she’s smart and really energetic and I would say, for her age, she’s very strong too.”

Loved ones continue to visit the girl in the Stollery Children’s Hospital in Edmonton.

A candlelight vigil for her was held on Christmas Day at Paul First Nation.

“She loves Christmas,” the family member says with a smile. “There’s been a lot of family come around and they’ve been very supportive.”

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“We always talk about miracles and I would say this is one.”

The family is working on setting up a trust fund and is thanking Canadians for their emails, phone calls and other messages of support.

“To everyone out there who’s supporting the family with prayer and kindness, don’t stop — continue — because it means a lot to the family it means a lot to [her].”

James Clifford Paul, 21, was arrested and has been charged with attempted murder, aggravated sexual assault and kidnapping.

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