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. judgement day isnt over

    she thinks dat its all over..jaja.. well she can enjoy wats left of her on this world becouse judgement for her aint over yet just wait till she has to face god and explain herself, and aint no lieing in heaven... live your days and months and years on earth thinking she got away,, lol... but and eternity in hell awaits her...and dats when justice will prevail..

    July 7, 2011 at 10:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bythe Beach

      @Judgement day isn't over
      Please get a third grader to rewrite your post. It makes no sense...learn to write.

      July 4, 2012 at 6:25 pm | Report abuse |
  2. andrea soliz

    She has to live with the fact if she killed her daughter who r we to judge she will meet her maker one day may caylee RIP n may god bless her

    July 7, 2011 at 10:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • AthensGuy

      she will meet Henry Ford?

      July 7, 2011 at 10:28 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Nick

    Bring on the religious fenatics!

    July 7, 2011 at 10:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • mary

      Why bother.. If this doesn't say 'something' to you , nothing will.. 😦

      July 7, 2011 at 10:22 pm | Report abuse |
  4. joann

    Perhaps,thier right.The heavens opened up and the angles are not liken what,has happed to Caylee.Thank,God,she is with God now and he's taking care of her. JoAnn Bartholomew

    July 7, 2011 at 10:19 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Sacha

    She was found December 11th and is 25 years old not 24! Just sayin....

    July 7, 2011 at 10:19 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Carl pettisName*

    The verdict is an joke! God will mete out a just punishment at judgement day

    July 7, 2011 at 10:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • humberto

      The joke is your false concern, that you bear false witness and use Gods name in vain, but thats what you people do.

      July 7, 2011 at 10:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • bluebird

      actually, I think GOD turned out for Casey. Perhaps Caylee was an acting angel that watched over her mother. Caylee loved Casey, Casey love Caylee. Move on and get rid of the hate you feel for something you have been brain washed into thinking.

      July 7, 2011 at 10:59 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Bobo Schlitz

    This is absolutely asinine; the lighting was going to strike there anyway! That's all up to Mother Nature and has absolutely nothing to do with Casey Anthony or anything else. It's not even news. Shame on you CNN for reporting it. Who cares?

    July 7, 2011 at 10:21 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Kevin B

    Guess what? God never punished a person by striking them with lightning. Read your bibles you "believers."

    July 7, 2011 at 10:21 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Kerri

    ..they should put her in GENERAL POPULATION...after all, she was found NOT GUILTY...and if something happens, that's not our problem..SHE SHOULD OF PROTECTED CAYLEE! An eye 4 an eye? Sweet Justice? Karma? Whatever happens to her, she's got it coming! And she cannot escape from God's Judgment! IS THIS 1 OF MANY SIGNS TO COME! OBVIOUSLY SHE DIDN'T REALIZE THAT GOD GAVE HER THIS PRECIOUS GIFT TO LOVE & CARE FOR...NOT THROW AWAY LIKE TRASH!

    July 7, 2011 at 10:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • jnab

      Sounds like you may have some issues yourself.

      July 7, 2011 at 10:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dobro

      What does G.O.D. stand for?

      July 7, 2011 at 10:34 pm | Report abuse |
  10. rlrose328

    If god or the angels were going to send a sign of their being unhappy with the verdict, why didn't he just strike CASEY down? You people and your mythology would really make me chuckle if you weren't so dangerous.

    July 7, 2011 at 10:22 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Qev

    And?

    July 7, 2011 at 10:23 pm | Report abuse |
  12. AJ

    Here we go with all the coincidences. It's called a t-storm . Ppl its time to focus ur attention on other issues. Whos with me? Facebook me. A.j. starks.

    July 7, 2011 at 10:23 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Frostiken

    You know, it'd probably have been more compelling if it had actually struck the shrine itself.

    So it struck a tree near it.

    What if it struck three trees away. Or five. Or a block away. A mile. At what point would the religious nutjobs NOT have said anything?

    July 7, 2011 at 10:23 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Crazy

    Shouldn't this idiotic CNN article be in the Religion section?

    July 7, 2011 at 10:23 pm | Report abuse |
  15. nick

    What the heck you all talking about? I feel she killed her daughter but come one lightning strike can happen anytime and anywhere.

    July 7, 2011 at 10:23 pm | Report abuse |
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