A 25-year-old Eskasoni man has been charged with aggravated assault after a six-week-old baby was severely injured last year.

RCMP said the investigation began in November 2012 when staff at the Mi'kmaq Family and Children's Services contacted police following a report from the IWK Health Centre about a baby girl with severe injuries.

"The child was taken to the hospital here in Sydney and then from Sydney she as taken to the IWK," said RCMP Sgt. Loran Gavel.

"After doctors examined her, there were some discrepancies with the injuries and what was told to them and they felt that the police should be called in."

The baby is now in the care of Child Welfare Services in Halifax, said Gavel.

The 25-year-old man was arrested on Wednesday and later released on conditions. He is set to appear in provincial court in Eskasoni on Jan. 21.

The man's name and his relationship to the baby have not been released to protect the identity of the child.