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. jewel

    i think u guys being negative about it is very disrespectful!! u all are on this site as well so u must care a little at least enough to keep posting rude comments!! this is a tragedy and caylee deserves to rest in peace...and for casey i hope the next lightning stucks her next!!!!!!!

    July 8, 2011 at 3:16 am | Report abuse |
    • Please insult my intelligence

      The derogatory comments posted about this "story" are directed at people like you, not at the deceased. The child's murder is tragic to say the least, but turning it into a trailer park Greek Chorus trivializes her death.

      July 8, 2011 at 3:33 am | Report abuse |
    • pastafarian

      lmao @ trailer park greek chorus! very nice 🙂

      July 8, 2011 at 11:06 am | Report abuse |
  2. Jesse

    Why in the world is this being reported by a major news organization? What a waste of bandwidth.

    July 8, 2011 at 3:21 am | Report abuse |
  3. eufauxria

    I believe Caylee will be 6 this year. Happy birthday darling Angel.

    July 8, 2011 at 3:23 am | Report abuse |
  4. Grizzly Justice

    Caylee sending a message from beyond. Perhaps the next lightning strike will hit Casey.

    July 8, 2011 at 3:25 am | Report abuse |
  5. me again

    Too bad Casey wasn't climbing the tree at the time.

    July 8, 2011 at 3:25 am | Report abuse |
  6. Richard

    LOL, lightning strikes a tree = HEAVEN IS ANGRY.
    And we wonder why Republicans get elected to office.

    July 8, 2011 at 3:31 am | Report abuse |
    • IHateStupidPeople

      What does that have to do with anything?

      July 8, 2011 at 3:43 am | Report abuse |
    • tommyg

      If you don't understand the comment, you are part of the problem. Mystical thinking will be the ruin of this country.

      July 8, 2011 at 4:09 am | Report abuse |
    • invisiblepinkunicorn

      And the moniker says "ihatestupidpeople" That is too funny.

      July 8, 2011 at 11:02 am | Report abuse |
  7. baltimoredude1974

    God juses angels etc its all good but wat bout mother nature just doin wat she does

    July 8, 2011 at 3:35 am | Report abuse |
    • Charlie

      Mother Nature says "go back to school and learn English"

      July 8, 2011 at 3:56 am | Report abuse |
  8. RLD

    Wow are you seriously reporting that lightning hit a tree?!?! Wow just wow. I cant believe that this is what is considered news.

    July 8, 2011 at 3:35 am | Report abuse |
    • Meow

      Symbolism and you: a journey of self discovery

      July 8, 2011 at 3:45 am | Report abuse |
    • Please insult my intelligence

      @Meow – I personally don't expect CNN to report on the plot line of an episode of Touched by an Angel. It's supposed to be a secular news site, which I believe is what prompted RLD's comment. Your comment was funny except for the whole missed the point thing.

      July 8, 2011 at 3:53 am | Report abuse |
    • Eman

      I just can't believe you don't realize you're posting on a blog that's purpose is to:

      cover fresh stories big and small – stories that are breaking, developing or otherwise driving the collective daily conversation, along with some items we find interesting and worth sharing.

      July 8, 2011 at 4:07 am | Report abuse |
  9. PhilG.

    I always believe you kill something or someone with evil intent,that soul just waits for you right on the edge of life.

    Whther the lightning strike was a sign or not,I don't know but I do believe you can't escape the judgement of life for what you do.

    If Casey's guilty,we'll get to see the judgement of life for her actions.

    Nobody escapes life.

    July 8, 2011 at 3:37 am | Report abuse |
  10. vic

    I lived the life of similar coincidences, and find it exciting that sceptics never hisitate to display their ignorance and theiir firm and welded belief that mokeys are their furry forefathers and that the US court exempts a criminal from feeling guilty. God-created humans kill themselves for killing their own children, apes rejoice at another opportunity to live another year to be able to carry another child and so on. Buy her a bottle of champaigne for being part of your baboon tribe.

    July 8, 2011 at 3:43 am | Report abuse |
    • Please insult my intelligence

      #33 your Haldol is ready. #33? Vic?

      July 8, 2011 at 3:47 am | Report abuse |
  11. ef

    so... i suppose that instead of protecting caylee and keeping her from dying in the first place, some almighty arbiter of justice found it more fitting and poetic to have her brutally murdered and her mother exonerated, so he might strike lightning to a tree near her makeshift grave and send shudders into the hearts of christians everywhere. how elegant.

    July 8, 2011 at 3:45 am | Report abuse |
    • JuneOH

      IIf you are a believer in the Christian faith then you must concede that God gives us all free will, thereby preventing any act of intervention in the lives of his people. This free will was abused by Casey Anthony when she took her daughters life and was wasted on the jury when they found her innocent. If one believes in God, then it is perfectly reasonable to believe he had to stand by and watch these events unfold, trusting that the gift of free will he gave us would be used to glorify him. When that was not the case, it would stand to reason he would find a way to show his anger at a mother's failure to provide a safe haven for her growing child and at a jury who did not do his work. I'm not a fanatical Christian, I don't even go to church (at least since I was a child and raised in the Pentecostal faith)...but this is the rational of the Christian faith.

      July 8, 2011 at 3:59 am | Report abuse |
    • tommyg

      This is one of the funniest things I have read in a long time. How elegant, indeed.

      July 8, 2011 at 4:06 am | Report abuse |
    • Stoneyguy

      Wait a sec. I don't mean to be insulting here, but more inquisitive. If you believe in a God that puts people on this earth will complete free will and no control over anything, then what is the whole, "God watch over us" or "God works in mysterious ways", isn't God just sitting back while we all let free will take its course and God really has no say in anything because everything that's happened in society is a string of free will decisions that interact with each other right?

      July 8, 2011 at 4:15 am | Report abuse |
    • George

      @JuneOH Oh yeah! And if you use this free will to not worship him. He has a special place full of fire and smoke and burning and torture and anguish where he will send to live and suffer and burn and choke and scream and cry for ever and ever 'til the end of time...but he loves you. How is it free will, if you are punished for not worshiping him. It would be like Obama putting you to death, for not saluting him as he walked by.

      July 8, 2011 at 9:46 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Antonio Velasquez Jr.

    The rule of law substantiates that mrs.casey anthony is not guilty of murdering her two year old daughter for lack of evidence.However,the rule of law,based on the evidence, substantiates and proves that mrs. casey anthony is guilty of deliberate reckless endangerment of a two year old child,unlawful disposing of a cadaver during the act of obstruction of justice and her parents are guilty of accessory and perjury.Now little inoccent indefencive caylee is nothing but a dry bones case hugh ? I am certain that everyone involved in condoning cayly's physical destruction,willpay dearly,up to their own last breath.

    July 8, 2011 at 3:47 am | Report abuse |
  13. ah..

    CNN just keep publishing drummer and drummer opinions.....

    July 8, 2011 at 3:57 am | Report abuse |
    • Eman

      agreed! I want to see more guitar and guitar opinions

      July 8, 2011 at 4:08 am | Report abuse |
  14. lisa

    Gave me chills. Karma.. Its on its way.

    July 8, 2011 at 4:08 am | Report abuse |
  15. A.A.

    The person who wrote this should be fired. This is NOT news. This BS belongs in a tabloid, not on CNN.com. I'm disgusted.

    July 8, 2011 at 4:08 am | Report abuse |
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