Nima Louise Carter

Nima Louise Carter

Death 1 Nov 1977 (aged 1)
Burial Anadarko, Caddo County, Oklahoma, USA
Plot Old-Block 89, row 5
Memorial ID 142739525 · View Source
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Oklahoma Cold Case Files

The morning of November 1, 1977 was one of terror for George and Rose Carter. They woke to find their 19-month-old daughter, Nima, missing from her crib; stolen in the middle of the night.

Almost a month would go by without any knowledge of what had become of little Nima Louise, and when word came, it was every parent’s worst nightmare. She had been found a mere four blocks from home, locked in a refrigerator inside an abandoned house. First, she had been found by a group of neighborhood boys, who ran away from the sight; then a Ft. Sill soldier came upon the scene, and alerted law enforcement.

To this day, no one has been charged in the abduction and homicide of Nima Carter, though if you ask most people they’d probably tell you the person responsible was Jacqueline Roubideaux. Jacqueline was the 16-year-old babysitter that the Carter’s sometimes used to watch Nima when they would go out.

In 1976 three-and-a-half-year-old twins Tina and Mary Carpitcher were lead into an abandonded home by their sometimes babysitter and stuffed into a refrigerator. Tina would survive, but Mary wouldn’t. Tina would later testify against Jacqueline in her 1983 trial, where she would be found guilty and spend the rest of her life in prison. Jacqueline died in 2005 of lung cancer, never saying one way or the other whether she was responsible for Nima’s death.

George Carter though, has his doubts about Jacqueline’s guilt in his daughter’s death. He’s stated that two months before Nima’s death they had found their dog poisoned, and one day had returned home to find it vandalized. He does say he’s made his peace with whatever has happened.

If Jacqueline Roubideaux isn’t responsible for Nima Carter’s death, then the fact remains that whoever is has remained at large, and living a free life, while George and Rose Carter lived with the pain of their daughter’s death; and Nima, she never got to see her second birthday.

If you have any information about the abduction and murder of Nima Louise Carter, please contact the Lawton Police Department at (580) 581-3500.


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Contributor: Phil and Donna (Stricklan) Whitaker (4308835)


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  • Created by: Lillian
  • Added: 17 Feb 2015
  • Find A Grave Memorial 142739525
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Nima Louise Carter (23 Mar 1976–1 Nov 1977), Find A Grave Memorial no. 142739525, citing Memory Lane Cemetery, Anadarko, Caddo County, Oklahoma, USA ; Maintained by Lillian (contributor 47192135) .