Man pleads not guilty in heroin injection fatality

David Cardinell, 38, is charged with second-degree manslaughter in the death of Stefanie S. Baker, 21, of Livonia, Livingston County, who was found dead in the back seat of her car on Carter Street on June 13. Full Story
Rick Baker

Rochester, NY

#1 Dec 2, 2006
Stefanie was a great caring young adult with a bright future, we don't know what happened to set that night in motion except she was suffering from depression and not getting the right care she so needed from her doctor. Stefanie was my daughter and because she was 21, trying to plead with doctors that we are afraid for her safety is just about immpossible until it's to late. She was taking medication to help deal with her deppression wich was clear to me and our family that the doctor was doing her un injuistice and hurting her more, not at all helping her, i wish that he could go to prison along with David Cardinell. Before we found out that Stefanie was found dead in the back seat of her car, our family put togather flyers with her Mom's phone number and Stefanies picture with the hopes that someone would see it and call with info of her warabouts. We started passing them around in Honeoye NY first when it dawned on us that we better remove our number aand replace it with 911 instead. We didn't want to receive phony calls from people. It turned out that we were right to do that but it was to late, we found out they found Stefanie's Body and our nightmare got worse. Stefanie's Mom and little sister went home to Honeoye 2 or 3 days after that and Stefanie's Sister checked the answering machine to hear someone say that they had Stefanie, she erased it before her mom could hear it to spare her the pain and anger of some sick twisted indvidual who took the time to right down their phone number and torment an allready torn family that has lost the most special thing that life has to offer, thanks for listening and one other thing, he things that are printed in the paper od David Cardinell's account of what really happened that night are just that, He was caught in many lies during the investigation and only he and Stefanie know what really happened, ^Thanks, Rick Baker
Rich

Fairport, NY

#2 Dec 4, 2006
Hello Rick I am not sure where to begin but i will start with my condolences. If this indeed is the same Stefanie I knew from Rochester Business Institute I am at complete aww. I took a few Accounting classes with her. She was a wonderful person.
Christina

Rochester, NY

#3 Dec 7, 2006
Hi Rich, I was Stefanies older sister and I came across your comment and wanted to thank you for your condolences, we are a family suffering greatly due to a horrible man who took away our Stefanie and dumped her in the back seat of her car in a parking lot, she was a wonderful person and is greatly missed, again thank you and you were a lucky person who had the chance to cross paths with Stef....
Kim T

Lima, NY

#4 Dec 26, 2006
To the Baker Family, I am so sorry to hear about Stefanie. I can remember her when she was just a baby and how she used to throw her food and toys over the edge of her high chair and think that it was funny to watch me pick everything up! I know our families do not talk anymore, however that does not mean that we don't care what happens to you. You all are in our thoughts and prayers. She was a very beautiful person and I am sure you guys miss her more than words can describe. Take care and again I am sorry for your loss.
Sharyn

United States

#5 Mar 24, 2007
I worked with Stefanie at the lab.I understand your deep loss as much as anybody.She was learning to take over my purchasing job since suffering through the loss of my son Benjamin.Benjamin was only 22 when he was killed in a car accident on July 29,2005.Benjamin had also worked at the lab for 3 years. They were both too young to be taken from us,no closure,no chance to hold them and say don't go.I too have alot of anger to the people who enabled him to drink,do drugs and let him drive that night.His so called friends?Where are they now? One tragic mistake and our most special above all are taken from us.Nothing for us will ever be the same.These two did not deserve this.They paid the ultimate price for their mistake
while these scumbags get to carry on with their lives.I know your pain, I live it everyday.I think of them both every day and hope they are at rest and cannot be touched by pain anymore.I only knew Stefanie only a few short months,but knew she was a beautiful and sweet young woman.Again,my deepest sympathies to you and your family.
FlipSide

United States

#6 Mar 24, 2007
The loss of your daughter is great for your family, indeed. Sometimes when people get into drugs, they are trying to self medicate..trying to relieve the pain that they are feeling, physically, emotionally or mentally. I must say, however, if your daughter allowed David Cardinell to inject her, she's as much responsible for her own death as he is, possibly even more. She obviously knew him and trusted him enough to allow this to happen. when people decide to do drugs, no matter who else is involved, they are 100% responsible for themselves. When we lose a son, daughter, anyone to tragic circumstances, we all suffer and want to lay blame. It's a way for us to vent and try to relieve our own pain. Have you ever handed someone a glass of wine or a beer? If they died with alcohol in their system from that drink would you want to be held responsible or blamed for their death? No, you'd want that person to be held accountable for their own actions. I know this sounds mean spirited but I'm really not trying to be the devil's advocate, here. Be realistic and honest with yourself. Drugs are a choice and always will be. Don't blame someone else if a person decides to do or try them, especially when they're an educated adult. She knew the risks and for any other person reading this that is willing to take the same risks that she did, this is what can happen. I know I'll get slammed for writing this but so be it. I'm terribly sorry for your loss. I lost someone close, also. A young woman that was murdered in the city of Rochester in November of 1995. I know how it feels to lose someone so tragically.
Rick Baker

Rochester, NY

#9 May 15, 2011
FlipSide wrote:
The loss of your daughter is great for your family, indeed. Sometimes when people get into drugs, they are trying to self medicate..trying to relieve the pain that they are feeling, physically, emotionally or mentally. I must say, however, if your daughter allowed David Cardinell to inject her, she's as much responsible for her own death as he is, possibly even more. She obviously knew him and trusted him enough to allow this to happen. when people decide to do drugs, no matter who else is involved, they are 100% responsible for themselves. When we lose a son, daughter, anyone to tragic circumstances, we all suffer and want to lay blame. It's a way for us to vent and try to relieve our own pain. Have you ever handed someone a glass of wine or a beer? If they died with alcohol in their system from that drink would you want to be held responsible or blamed for their death? No, you'd want that person to be held accountable for their own actions. I know this sounds mean spirited but I'm really not trying to be the devil's advocate, here. Be realistic and honest with yourself. Drugs are a choice and always will be. Don't blame someone else if a person decides to do or try them, especially when they're an educated adult. She knew the risks and for any other person reading this that is willing to take the same risks that she did, this is what can happen. I know I'll get slammed for writing this but so be it. I'm terribly sorry for your loss. I lost someone close, also. A young woman that was murdered in the city of Rochester in November of 1995. I know how it feels to lose someone so tragically.
You are heartless, you know nothing!
Rick Baker

Rochester, NY

#10 May 15, 2011
Flipside must be a friend of David, the one who left my baby for dead.
Christie Frungillo

Brooklyn, NY

#11 Dec 14, 2011
Rick~
Stefanie was an amazing girl. One of my best friends since we were 9 years old. I loved her like a sister. David was an ass hole. I knew that from the first time I met him and my father chased him down with a tire iron for giving me and Stef drugs before. Stef was fearless and thought she was invincable. I'm so very sorry for your loss. I think about her everyday.
Flipside

Redwood, NY

#12 Feb 2, 2012
FLIPSIDE might be a friend of David, but the truth is, this girl was also an addict. I can understand all of the pain the "victims" family is suffering, but in reality, victim means innocent and drug users in my opinion are not innocent. The drugs killed her, not David. Heartless or not, it is what it is. He too is an addict, drugs too have taken his life. In different ways yes, but still his life is over. I also can not believe that NO ONE recognizes the fact that he took her to the hospital. That is NOT the actions of a selfish man. Parking outback are the actions of a HIGH man, but not selfish. No one can determine if she was or was not dead before they got to the parking lot either way. They are both to blame. I find it almost ridiculous that this man is sitting in jail over a grown adults choice to get high. Find it even more ludicrous that their is a family who is so ignorant about drug use that they have to blame someone else for this instead of admitting and realizing their daughter was a junkie too.
Jason K

West Valley, NY

#13 Sep 22, 2012
Identify yourself flipside
RacistFireCrotch BarnFart

Rochester, NY

#14 Sep 22, 2012
I'm not a friend of either of them, but they are both druggies and this is what happens to druggies sometimes, so live with it.

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