Aaron Boles appeared on petition at Livingston Sheriff Court last Friday.
He was charged with one count of assault to severe injury and permanent disfigurement and one of wilfully ill-treating a child in his care.
Boles made no plea and the case against him was continued for further examination.
He was due to make a second court appearance to be fully committed for trial sometime this week.
Anyone convicted of ill-treating, neglecting, abandoning, or exposing a child in a manner likely to cause unnecessary suffering or injury to health faces a prison sentence of up to 10 years.