The tape showed Rodriguez paying cash at the Target in Downtown Brooklyn's Atlantic Center Mall for Power Ranger action figures, Hot Wheels cars, Play Doh, Bratz dolls and Jell-O shortly before 7:30 p.m. Jan. 9, 2006.
Defense lawyer Jeff Schwartz brushed aside the tape.
"There's no evidence of where Nixzmary is," he said. "And they have no evidence to prove anything."
In cross-examining Detective Sean McTighe, who obtained the surveillance video from Target, Schwartz questioned the detective's ability to identify the children, who during much of the tape were not facing the camera.