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. Smart

    This is so messed up! She kills her 2yr old and walks free to go have more 2yr olds to kill! Then what? Someone needs to make her suffer!

    July 8, 2011 at 4:10 am | Report abuse |
    • windrider2

      I think the day will come when the world will know what kind of mother Cindy Anthony was, how she made Casey suffer almost every day of her life. Then you'll understand why Casey is so messed up and why she would completely panic if Caylee *did* drown in the family pool, and why she would run rather than tell her mother the truth. No one tells the truth in the Anthony family when Cindy Anthony doesn't want to hear it. No one tells Cindy Anthony something she doesn't want to hear. Anyone who does something Cindy Anthony doesn't like will lie about it rather than admit it because she has an explosive violent temper, she is verbally and physically abusive. That family's life revolved around the control and vengeful manipulation of Cindy Anthony. It's not surprising that she produced a daughter who was a pathological liar and a thief, and who tried to get out of the house every chance she had. You don't hear much about Cindy's son, maybe because Cindy was very contemptuous of male children, once taunting her sister-in-law (who had a son instead of a daughter) that she'd never know what it felt like to have a daughter. A sick tree produces sick fruit, and Cindy Anthony is sicker than most people know.

      July 8, 2011 at 12:04 pm | Report abuse |
  2. bmorebullies69

    Justice should of been served poor poor caylee

    July 8, 2011 at 4:11 am | Report abuse |
  3. ScandalousTees

    Lol! I guess Casey And OJ are BFF's now?? They even have t-shirts for sale http://www.caseyanthonynotguiltytees.com follow us @scandaloustees

    July 8, 2011 at 4:16 am | Report abuse |
  4. the worlds not flat

    All of you complaining could not careless about a mother killing a 2yr old who cares right? She was found innocent if only because the bones were dry and nothing was left yay right more power to her......yes so nice so nice everyone. Hmmm yet we wonder why the world is as cold an heartless right??

    July 8, 2011 at 4:23 am | Report abuse |
  5. Antonio Velasquez Jr.

    Feeling like you are above the law anyone ? Then think again!The only faith,is proper FAITH AND GOOD WORKS FOR THE SUSTANANCE OF OUR SOUL.everything else is self deception and self condemnation.

    July 8, 2011 at 4:23 am | Report abuse |
    • Chucky McLovin

      Faith is a firm belief in something for which there is no proof. People who have a firm belief in something for which there is no proof, are stupid. Faith is ignorance, stupidity and delusional cognition.

      July 8, 2011 at 4:33 am | Report abuse |
  6. Smart

    He who does not believe in God is a fool!!

    July 8, 2011 at 4:24 am | Report abuse |
    • Chucky McLovin

      Which god? Allah, Zues, Baal? I'm sure you mean that anybody who doesn't believe in YOUR (imaginary) god is a fool. You however, are the foolish one. Go read a couple dozen science and history books and stop believing Bronze Age mythology.

      July 8, 2011 at 4:29 am | Report abuse |
    • uranidiot

      LOL! Maybe it's Thor. You know, the one from Marvel comics.

      July 8, 2011 at 9:35 pm | Report abuse |
  7. n jim

    CNN prints this because people will read it. Casey Anthony has made them a ton of money. We're all guilty. Complain if you will, but you're here.

    July 8, 2011 at 4:30 am | Report abuse |
  8. RusTnuts

    Not really sure why anyone would read that much into this. Didn't lightening hit the shuttle too? numerous times over the years? I guess the real question cnn needs to investigate is...how many other trees were hit by lightening on earth today? and why should we care.

    July 8, 2011 at 4:31 am | Report abuse |
  9. Arby's

    When did CNN merge with The Onion?

    July 8, 2011 at 4:33 am | Report abuse |
  10. klico

    Caylee died, Casey lied. I like eggs, I like them fried. Lightning hit, it hit a tree, angels sent it for Caylee. Now I wish they'd send some cash to me.

    July 8, 2011 at 4:38 am | Report abuse |
    • jojo

      That is about as stupid comment as I've seen.

      July 8, 2011 at 5:11 am | Report abuse |
  11. Antonio Velasquez Jr.

    ...and those who attempt to impeed CELESTIAL LAW AND ORDER,impeeds his and or her own life.

    July 8, 2011 at 4:43 am | Report abuse |
  12. Jose

    Caylee, we have never met, I know very little about you, but you will remain in our hearts until we make it home to be with you. Your presence in heaven will be a true gift. No living soul can hurt you. Ever. We love you.
    Casey, the past tells us, that murderers never live happily ever after. You will pay the same fee that every other murderer is charged...your life.

    July 8, 2011 at 4:44 am | Report abuse |
  13. ellenk

    200 children are killed by their mothers every year. 600 kids have been killed by their moms since Caylee died. How many lightning bolts have been sent by angels for them? White, cute toddlers apparently have special electrical storm connections other children must not have.

    July 8, 2011 at 4:44 am | Report abuse |
  14. mybaby

    Caylee you are loved and missed and cherished by an entire nation. We will never forget you. Until the next big story.

    July 8, 2011 at 4:48 am | Report abuse |
  15. Whoops!

    Popcorn anyone?

    July 8, 2011 at 4:52 am | Report abuse |
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