July 7th, 2011
08:17 PM ET

Lightning strikes tree near Caylee Anthony memorial site

Hours after Casey Anthony learned on Thursday that she will leave jail next week, lightning apparently struck a tree next to a makeshift memorial in honor of her slain daughter,  Caylee.

No one saw lightning strike the pine tree on Suburban Drive in Orange County, Florida, where teddy bears and flowers mark the spot where 2-year-old Caylee's remains were found on December 11, 2008.

But long, diagonal strips of exposed wood scarred the tall pine tree, WESH reported, and bits of bark lay scattered across the road.

"It could be a sign from the angels that they aren't happy with what's happened," a visitor to the site told the Orlando Sentinel newspaper. "The rain, the lightning, the storm - it's the heavens indicating they aren't happy."

There are more lightning strikes in Florida per square mile than in any other state, according to weather.com.

A Pinellas County jury acquitted Anthony, 24, of murder and manslaughter charges Tuesday in the death of her daughter. The same jury convicted her of four charges of obstruction of justice for lying to police during the search for Caylee.

Judge Belvin Perry sentenced Anthony to four years in jail - one year for each of her four convictions - but with credit for nearly three years already served and good behavior, her release date was set for Wednesday, July 13, a court spokeswoman said.

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  1. Sandy

    Interesting to say the least. Now it lightning would hit each of the 12 jurors in the head maybe they would get a clue.

    July 7, 2011 at 9:48 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Apall Ed

    Really? Is this how low CNN has sunk? Do you have one ounce of journalistic integrity left, or are you just satisfied to report on nonsense while simultaneously weakening the fabric of American society. I am taking CNN off my RSS feed and bookmarks. Really pathetic.

    July 7, 2011 at 9:48 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Kent Bowen

    Nancy Grace is a clown...a joke...quickly becoming an irrelevant sidebar.

    BAN the NAN...

    July 7, 2011 at 9:49 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Been there done that

    Call the witch-doctors!!!

    July 7, 2011 at 9:50 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Hear Ye

    no comment

    July 7, 2011 at 9:50 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Name*tammie kinh

    That lighting strike was from caylee saying that she is not happy with the verdict!! Casey u killed your daughter,how can you live with yourself? I hope and pray that every time that u look in the mirror you see caylees fase.

    July 7, 2011 at 9:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • chillwind

      If she has supernatural powers don't you think she would have used to have Casey convicted, or at least hit HER with a lightning strike rather than a tree?

      July 7, 2011 at 9:58 pm | Report abuse |
  7. blue

    F you mom!

    July 7, 2011 at 9:51 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Joey Isotta-Fraschini

    @ ds, 8:40:
    Yes indeed, I did notice that you didn't capitalize your word, "atheist's" (sic), as in "atheist's (sic) are..."
    I also noticed that you hadn't mastered the plural/possessive relationship.
    And you call atheists stupid.
    Back to school!

    July 7, 2011 at 9:51 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Randy

    One thing is for sure, that child was murdered and the one who did it is at large. Most everyone knows that Casey Anthony and her family know what happened to her. God knows what happened to her...i doubt that Casey will ever be honest with herself..and seriously doubt she will ever tell the TRUTH. But, yes, you still have time on this earth to honor her by being honest. Justice will be served for that little innocent child!

    July 7, 2011 at 9:52 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Corey

    Really CNN? Really? This is news?

    July 7, 2011 at 9:53 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Paula

    The evidence was in a trash bag in the woods, a skeletal head and hair wrapped in duct tape, ID-ed as Caylee's remains, which had been previously rotting in the mother's car while she partied at bars. Guess the jury was drinking lead kool-aid.

    July 7, 2011 at 9:53 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Joe

    It used to be you only saw this kind of stupidity in the super market tabloids. Now it's considered reportage by a leading news source. More evidence of how totally the American education system has failed.

    July 7, 2011 at 9:54 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Name*ciara

    "Its the angels." Ignorant...

    July 7, 2011 at 9:55 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Dancing

    This story's aimed right at the Nancy grace crowd who'll eat up this nonsense. Example: "The devil's dancing tonight." Thanks Nancy for reinforcing the ignorant southern white trash stereotype.

    July 7, 2011 at 9:55 pm | Report abuse |
  15. lele

    It has got to be a sign!! When my fathers best friend was murdered and as they were questioning the suspect, who was lying through his teeth, lightning struck the building and the cop says to him, dont you think God is trying to tell you something. I guess he thought so cuz the guy broke down right then and confessed...crazy.

    July 7, 2011 at 9:55 pm | Report abuse |
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