24-year-old Arvel Griffey was arrested late Friday evening.
Health officials at Memorial Hospital in Jasper told police that the child sustained an injury to his genitalia that consisted of bleeding and swelling.
An investigation by child protective services revealed that griffey battered the child while in a car driving to the Dubois County Community Corrections Center.
He faces the charge of battery resulting in serious bodily injury to a person under the age of 14.
Griffey is being held without bond.