Dylan Tylor Applebee, 25, of Mexico was arraigned Oct. 2 on multiple felony charges, including abuse or neglect of a child.
According a probable cause statement, Applebee is accused of striking a child with a bar of soap held in a Ziploc bag inside a purple pillowcase, causing bruising.
Other felony charges include armed criminal action, domestic assault and endangering the welfare of a child creating a substantial risk.
Applebee denied the allegations, saying the victim had fallen off a kitchen table and stairs at a residence in the 500 block of West Boulevard.
He appeared before Judge Linda Hamlett where a public defender waived arraignment. The case is continued until Friday, Oct. 12.
Applebee is being held on a $50,000 cash-only bond and is to have no contact with the victim.