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. jnab

    Magical thinking.

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

    What is wrong with you people? This isnt news.

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

      You didn't have to click on it either... Im sure there are hundreds of other articles on here for you to read...but you just had to click on this one and post something negative so you can feel so superior and above it all...

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

    This is the most ridiculous thing I have ever read. Is this for real?! Holy crap, a rip in spacetime opened up & some fundamentalist whack job from The Salem Witch Hunt quantum leaped into one of CNN's reporters. We're all screwed if this is the caliber of thinking in America.

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

    let's just ignore the physics AND statistics behind this and call it "god isn't happy"

    July 7, 2011 at 10:24 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Lily

    Would you people PLEASE capitalize God?....!!!!!

    July 7, 2011 at 10:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dobro

      Why on Earth would we do that?

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

      Yeah, why?

      July 7, 2011 at 10:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dymon Deb

      Zeus is the god of lightning, but I don't think he is the 'p.o. all the time god' that you are referring to.

      July 7, 2011 at 10:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • Isela

      You need to capitalize GOD because it's the proper way to write it.

      July 7, 2011 at 10:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • Justin Observation

      Why? Is god a proper name? Don't the gods have proper names like Yaweh, Allah, Zeus, Ra, Mercury, Thoth, etc...

      July 7, 2011 at 10:44 pm | Report abuse |
  6. fiskenmann

    .....and this is headline news because.....?

    July 7, 2011 at 10:24 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Tracy Murray

    Uh , guys , it was only a lightening strike , it could have happened anywhere .

    July 7, 2011 at 10:24 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Bills Cat

    So what? Probably struck a couple hundred other places today. Ah, but the media creeps have to milk every drop, like maggots on a trash pile. What next - maybe her lunch at the jail or if she brushed her teeth today? Give this crap a rest.

    July 7, 2011 at 10:24 pm | Report abuse |
  9. hg

    rat face was found not guilty huh? give her some cheese and she will admit everything she did to her daughter..

    July 7, 2011 at 10:24 pm | Report abuse |
  10. drew

    Come to Canada Casey we don't treat our aquitted people in this country like that!

    July 7, 2011 at 10:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • angel

      Ya know what, take her ass you idiot. Just because she was aquitted does NOT mean that she is innocent. I guess you think OJ didn't kill his wife either?

      July 7, 2011 at 10:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • humberto

      Angel -Awiz ehwaz-uh: awiz, hwesja wulno ne ist, spehet ehwanz, ainan krun wagan wegantun, ainan-uh mekon boran, ainan-uh gumonun ahu berontun. Awiz nu ehwamaz weuhet: hert agnutai meke witantei, ehwans akantun weran. Ehwaz weuhant: hludi, awi! kert aknutai uns wituntmaz: mannaz, foþiz, wulnon awjan hwurneuti sebi warman wistran. Awjan-uh wulno ne isti. þat hehluwaz awiz akran bukeþ.

      July 7, 2011 at 10:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • mike

      please don't disgrace canadas name like that, and please don't be so foolish

      July 7, 2011 at 10:33 pm | Report abuse |
  11. HK from Seattle

    You are sick!

    July 7, 2011 at 10:26 pm | Report abuse |
  12. David Descoteaux

    Nancy Grace farted ... her anal wind is what caused damage to the tree. Perhaps the State Of Florida should prosecute her for aggravated negligent flatulation on live vegetation ? Under FL law, I believe that's a class F felony ?

    July 7, 2011 at 10:27 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Heather6

    Now if lightning strikes Casey... then I'll believe.

    July 7, 2011 at 10:28 pm | Report abuse |
  14. ZEUS

    Did anyone see where my lightening bolt landed? How 'bout a spot guys? Mulligan? Forget it, headed to the clubhouse.

    July 7, 2011 at 10:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • Thor

      Yeah, you missed Nancy Grace by a mile. I told you to wear your glasses at night.

      July 7, 2011 at 10:47 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Dobro

    Where was CNN when I saw lightning the other day? Sloppy.

    July 7, 2011 at 10:29 pm | Report abuse |
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