this fucker is in my area...only 25yrs??? Syracuse man recorded video of dying toddler he's accused of fatally beating Celeta Johnson provided a photo of her 18-month-old daughter Azaleyah Johnson (Provided by Celeta Johnson) Print Email By Douglass Dowty | firstname.lastname@example.org Follow on Twitter on September 17, 2015 at 4:54 PM, updated September 17, 2015 at 5:51 PM 0 Reddit Mom's boyfriend charged in baby's death Syracuse man recorded video of dying toddler he's accused of fatally beating Syracuse man on trial in beating death of girlfriend's 18-month-old daughter Syracuse man who blames girlfriend for baby's death had assaulted a baby before Syracuse man accused of killing girlfriend's baby wants girlfriend investigated Syracuse mother says courthouse fight stems from frustration with justice system All Stories Kendell CooperSyracuse Police Department Syracuse, NY -- A Syracuse man recorded his girlfriend's dying baby before calling his own mother -- not 911 -- for help, a prosecutor said today. The last moments of 18-month-old Azaleyah Johnson's life were played for a jury during trial this week in County Court. Kendell Cooper, 29, is facing a manslaughter charge in her death. He's accused of beating her so badly that her liver nearly tore in two. The morning of Nov. 29, 2014, Cooper recorded Azaleyah in a diaper after she suffered the fatal blows, prosecutor Melinda McGunnigle said during closing statements in Cooper's trial this afternoon. But Cooper asserted that he took the video to show his girlfriend, Celeta Johnson, how the baby was "acting strange," said defense lawyer Ed Klein. Cooper said he couldn't send it because it was too large a file to transmit. After recording the video, Cooper called the girl's mother and his own mother. He did not call 911 and later refused to provide information to responders, McGunnigle said. In his closing remarks, Klein argued that the baby's mother could have also beaten the baby before she left for work that morning. He noted that Celeta Johnson's testimony during the trial included inaccuracies, which he described as lies and McGunnigle described as honest mistakes that pointed to her overall truthfulness. Klein pointed out that Johnson has had three previous children taken away from her and had previous violent incidents. McGunnigle said her children were taken away because Johnson was in abusive relationships, not because she was abusive. In the years since then, Johnson had rented her own apartment, had a job at a Cricket phone store and had gotten off welfare, McGunnigle said. Both sides agreed that the baby adored her mother. But Klein argued that Johnson could have slapped her daughter around and kicked her before heading to work. The baby had been sick and was trying her mother's patience, Klein suggested. He suggested that her response to news of her baby's injuries -- never asking Cooper what he'd done to her daughter -- indicted that she knew what injuries had been inflicted. But McGunnigle told the jury to look at the facts at trial. She noted that Cooper was home with mother and daughter earlier that morning. Had Johnson injured her baby that badly, certainly he would have heard the baby scream or cry out, the prosecutor said. The only explanation that made sense was that Cooper beat the baby after her mother left to work, McGunnigle said. Cooper then recorded the video as a way to show that he wasn't responsible -- who would injure a baby and then record it? After recording the baby in a diaper, he dressed her before responders arrived. McGunnigle suggested he was trying to hide her bruises. But Klein argued that Johnson's reaction when she found out her baby was injured didn't make sense. Johnson was with a client at the cell phone store when Cooper called her shortly before 10 a.m. to say the baby wasn't well. Johnson didn't drop everything and rush home or call 911, Klein noted. But that's because Cooper didn't tell her how badly the baby was injured, the prosecutor countered. By the time Cooper called his own mom and she arrived to call 911, it was too late. There was no hope of saving Azaleyah when responders arrived. Two medical experts offered different time frames for Azaleyah's death. The prosecution's witness said Azaleyah would have died within 30 minutes of the attack, making Cooper responsible. But the defense expert suggested it could have happened earlier in the morning, when Celeta Johnson was still home. Johnson has denied involvement in an interview with Syracuse.com. She called Cooper a "monster." The jury is expected to begin deliberations Friday. Cooper faces up to 25 years in prison if convicted.