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. JIngoJango

    Throwing any morsel of news garbage to feed the ratings frenzy created by the Casey Anthony Lynch Mob. Disgusting. Is CNN partnering with the National Enquirer, or just going after their audience?

    July 7, 2011 at 10:53 pm | Report abuse |
  2. ***dude***

    Caylee joined the sea of aborted babies – all of them murdered. All of them defenseless.

    Lightning strikes families. Sin by any other name!

    July 7, 2011 at 10:53 pm | Report abuse |
  3. bobo mojobo

    Yeah and while we watch the anthony case. Im sure congress is passing all kinds of things to screw up our future.

    July 7, 2011 at 10:54 pm | Report abuse |
  4. TvNYC

    Guys, the lighting strikes mean the killer is out there and Casey is innocent.

    July 7, 2011 at 10:54 pm | Report abuse |
  5. ZEUS

    @Thor: Did ya' see the one I tossed at their puny spaceshuttle today?! Bullseye! Bwahahahaha! You owe me a beer.

    July 7, 2011 at 10:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • Thor

      Dude, that thing almost hit me. I was gonna ride the shuttle back home 'cause I was too drunk to drive. Your beer will have to wait now.

      July 7, 2011 at 11:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • Lei Gong

      Hey Zeus! You missed the shuttle!

      July 7, 2011 at 11:12 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Mickblack

    Casey Anthony is pretty hott..

    July 7, 2011 at 10:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • erik

      I'd tare that up!

      July 7, 2011 at 10:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mickblack

      Hell yeah!!!

      July 7, 2011 at 11:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • SHOCKED

      You are sick!

      July 7, 2011 at 11:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • kmfkt

      yeah i'd crush it

      July 7, 2011 at 11:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • chris

      id let her touch..just dont want to have any children w/ her

      July 7, 2011 at 11:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • David Descoteaux

      ... bet she likes it rough and tumble ... I volunteer to be her first freedom taste of a one eyed cookie monster delight 🙂

      July 7, 2011 at 11:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • Saying what ur thinking

      You'd only have to pay child support for no more than two years if she did have another kid.

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

    I don't think she is a sociopath, i think she has low self esteem.

    July 7, 2011 at 10:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • Brian G

      That is what the sociopath wants you to think. They want your pity so they can, literally, get away with murder!

      July 7, 2011 at 11:08 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Jeanane

    As much as most people are tired of hearing about this story, it is huge & it will stick around for a very long time. We all have our opinions. In the end, we all should agree, it is about the death of a very young child. The majority of us just feel for this little girl. We are frustrated that there is no punishment for a guilty party(s). It is what it is & somehow through time, we will just have to accept it.

    July 7, 2011 at 10:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • Michael

      Even if Casey is not religious or is deranged. THat lightning strike at Kaylee's memorial site should make her step back and think.

      July 7, 2011 at 11:04 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Daniel

    That's it. I'm done with CNN. This is quite possibly the worst piece of 'journalism' I have ever witnessed.

    July 7, 2011 at 10:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • Michael

      Its like a train wreck. You can't stay away from CNN. They count on that.

      July 7, 2011 at 11:05 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Rich

    It's God telling us He killed Caylee Anthony

    July 7, 2011 at 10:59 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Bev from Va

    To the jurors who said they needed to know the cause of death in order to convict, I have three questions:
    How did Laci Peterson die?
    Where is Scott Peterson?
    Need I say more?

    July 7, 2011 at 10:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • David Descoteaux

      Yes, exactly what are you saying ?

      July 7, 2011 at 11:16 pm | Report abuse |
  12. billu

    A little girl is dead and the killer is laughing about it on tv. SICKENING

    July 7, 2011 at 11:03 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Saying what ur thinking

    There's only one explanation for the bolt, Palin must have been about to make a public statement at the memorial. God has been chasing her around all year. ;(

    July 7, 2011 at 11:04 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Thor

    ZEUS HATES TREES... Get away from the trees!

    July 7, 2011 at 11:04 pm | Report abuse |
  15. davem

    This is journalism? Way to go CNN, you have brought the dumb in this story to a new low. Congrats, didn't think it was even possible.

    July 7, 2011 at 11:05 pm | Report abuse |
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