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. Ilya Landa

    If the heavens were unhappy, they would've hit a courthouse or jail with lightning. Hitting the memorial just doens't make much sence.

    July 7, 2011 at 10:45 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Jim Davis

    Just as I predicted ....... God Haters get a Hard on whenever they read anything written about God. They can't help it, they are powerless to resist the urge to display their self serving Ego's ..... Kinda like the rush a pervert must get when they expose themselves in Public. The IRONY is EVERYBODY except THEMSELVES and their fellow Offenders know what they're Motive is !!!! Haa Haaaa Haaaaaa..... Twisted Numb Nutz. Pull up your pants and stop Disgusting us. Ha Haa Haaaaaa!

    July 7, 2011 at 10:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mark

      Godhaters go all out on any story that has to do with God its sad really. It kinda shows that they are scared of an idea of a God so they bash it to make themselves feel better.

      July 7, 2011 at 10:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • Space aliens

      And god lovers get a hard on whenever they see a story like this. Because just like the rush a pervert must get when they expose themselves in Public. They think it's proof he exists!

      July 8, 2011 at 10:46 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Kaviona

    @hannah1: not guilty doesn't mean innocent... What if she did it? And she got away with it because of a lack of evidence? How would that make you feel? What if.....? Just asking.

    July 7, 2011 at 10:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • Fly Guy in SJ

      Precisely. They did not find her innocent, they found her not guilty as charged. Of course, the fact that she got a dumb-as-rocks OJ jury helped them to pull of that intellectual feat. The defense's claim that she drowned in the pool and they panicked and covered it up is ridiculous. The only person making that claim was her, and the jury didn't, apparently, consider the fact that by saying it was not true, her father could have been sending his daughter to death row. I can imagine him telling the truth knowing it could cost her her life, but I cannot fathom him getting up their and lying, knowing that the lie could send Casey to her death. It will be interesting to see if the truth someday comes out, now that she has been acquitted and cannot be charged again even if she confesses tomorrow.

      July 7, 2011 at 10:57 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Arktuna

    May lightning strike the person who caused this poor child to die in the head....intentional or not, a child is dead and that person is to blame....may GOD have mercy on their soul!

    July 7, 2011 at 10:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ned Racine

      God didn't have much mercy here, now did he?

      July 7, 2011 at 10:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • Zap

      The tree must have done it.

      July 7, 2011 at 10:51 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Ozzie

    I expect this kind of story to come from The Onion News Network. I would fire anyone who even breathed on this story. You people are the National Enquirer of the new millenium. Seriously. Are you for real?!

    Would you admit to anyone in your family that you were involved in bringing this to the International News? Me neither.

    July 7, 2011 at 10:47 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Carl pettisName*

    God will punish her come judgement day!!

    July 7, 2011 at 10:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • David Descoteaux

      And green leperchauns will fly on the backs of pink elephants ... and that's right before hell freezes over because the flame blew out ...

      July 7, 2011 at 10:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ned Racine

      Oh really. If God cares so much why did he allow this to happen to Caylee? Why did he allow Casey to walk? Some "God."

      July 7, 2011 at 10:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • Zap

      But everything is a part of god's plan, so what's there to judge?

      July 7, 2011 at 10:54 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Ned Racine

    If "God is looking over this situation," 1) Why did God allow it to happen? 2) Why did God allow her to be found Not Guilty?

    White trash, boy. They are always good for a laugh.

    July 7, 2011 at 10:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mark

      "everything happens for a reason" just remember that

      July 7, 2011 at 10:50 pm | Report abuse |
  8. guest

    I hope that Casey works hard to prove she is a good person to society and to herself. I am glad she is free. I can't help but feel for her. Sounds like her family really ridiculed her a lot, especially her mom. And if that molestation occured, I can almost understand all of this. I hope she now makes a good life for herself and can find that self confidence and be a good person in society. Very sad. I guess we will see. May caylee rest in peace.

    July 7, 2011 at 10:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • ddferrari

      Yes- all you molestation victims out there should feel free to rise up and murder a toddler! Same for all you post par-tum depression sufferers. Or NOT.

      July 7, 2011 at 11:06 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Fancy

    Too bad Casey wasn't standing under it.

    July 7, 2011 at 10:49 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Jeff Frank ( R-Ohio )

    "This Just In"
    Anthony does Weiner 😉

    July 7, 2011 at 10:49 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Randoms

    STOP IT!
    America is obsessed on this case, don't you realise that it is media corporations like CNN and Fox that are brainwashing you into sensationalism? I am sorry there is a dead child, but stop this manipulation and start reporting progressive news in a less Nancy Grace kind of way.

    July 7, 2011 at 10:51 pm | Report abuse |
  12. angel

    Soooooo if you don't "get" this article, then don't read it...idiots. It's a way for those mourning the loss of this little girl to have SOME faith in this crazy world. Why don't you take your negativity somewhere else and do something positive. Because clearly you are not "above" CNN, this trial, or this article BECAUSE YOU CLICKED ON IT YOU IDIOTS!!!

    July 7, 2011 at 10:51 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Dave

    The angels aren't the ones who throw lightning!

    July 7, 2011 at 10:52 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Believer

    I am scared of the system that doesn't allow enough fact for 12 people to see the obvious! Tell God to not let Johnny Corcoran to coach!!! Didn't have enough evidence,I bet Jose Baez would question double dribble at the special olympics!?

    July 7, 2011 at 10:53 pm | Report abuse |
  15. sherrie

    One thing is for sure, whatever profit Casey Anthony makes off of a book deal or movie or reality show, it will certainly be blood money.

    July 7, 2011 at 10:53 pm | Report abuse |
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