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. Are you kidding me?

    I don't typically condone the "this isn't news" approach but...THIS ISN'T NEWS ffs. 4th most read article on CNN.com we should all be ashamed of ourselves.

    July 7, 2011 at 11:58 pm | Report abuse |
  2. name

    this is not news – please never put a story like this on CNN again

    July 8, 2011 at 12:00 am | Report abuse |
  3. A

    And to the people who think this is a sign that god is coming back or that it's doom for us – get a life. Please. Keep to yourself. God has so many better things to do. Like hunger, love, births, death, etc.

    July 8, 2011 at 12:01 am | Report abuse |
    • The Almighty

      And Call of Duty. I can't put it down!

      July 8, 2011 at 12:06 am | Report abuse |
  4. Name*bob

    jaci..if the jury would've embrace science, the prosecution made their point scientifically. stay in your fantasy world
    casey lives there as well...

    July 8, 2011 at 12:02 am | Report abuse |
  5. citizen

    Lighting will strike a tree again somewhere yet this evening. Yea, verily sooth sayeth the lord. And a curse will fall upon the house of Ephraim and Isaac.
    And the mountains will tumble into the sea. And a great kingdom will rise and fall.
    Then a red dragon shall appear in the easter sky as the warlord of barsoom ascends his throne with traci lords at his side.
    And more men then women shall be hired in the great recovery.

    July 8, 2011 at 12:02 am | Report abuse |
    • jaci

      Yep and it will all happen on December 22, 2012. LOL

      July 8, 2011 at 12:18 am | Report abuse |
  6. HAARP

    it was me. I can form a storm in hours.

    July 8, 2011 at 12:04 am | Report abuse |
    • tsunami


      July 8, 2011 at 12:14 am | Report abuse |
    • Space aliens

      Ah sorry that was us. We were hiding in the clouds and testing out our new lightning bolt cannon. THE INVASION OF YOUR PUNY PLANET WILL BEGIN SOON!!!

      July 8, 2011 at 10:21 pm | Report abuse |
  7. linda

    I believe Casey wanted some freedom from the burdens of single motherhood and thats why the chloroform search was on the computer, she probably wanted her child to stay asleep and found a way by some substance that had mabe worked on an occasion before, The night she went out partying she probably gave her too much of this whatever it may have been and accidently overdosed poor baby Caylee. The tape duct tape was to prevent anything coming from her mouth and nose in death . I dont think she intended to murder her child , and I think her parents know this. probably a sworn to secretcy bond of the three.

    July 8, 2011 at 12:06 am | Report abuse |
    • bluebird

      1) it's useless talking to you.
      2) u did not watch the trial because u were too busy listening to Nancy Grace.

      July 8, 2011 at 12:17 am | Report abuse |
  8. OU812IC

    Lightning strikes twice
    Hopefully next time right on Casey as she's banging Biaz

    July 8, 2011 at 12:08 am | Report abuse |
  9. Alec

    It's also very bizzare that Caylee Anthony was alive for 1042 days. Casey Anthony has served 1043 in prison.

    July 8, 2011 at 12:10 am | Report abuse |
  10. GOD IS A LIE

    You all need to get your heads checked. There is no God. There is no lightning bolts from God. There are no mysteries of God. Take a look at the faith you spew. Why did your God allow this little girl to die? He doesn't like whats happening now but was okay with that happening then? God is all powerful and sent a lightning bolt down to express his anger yet didn't stop the act to that small child? What logic is lost with all this nonsense. Even further, if Heaven awaits us and God is ready to accept us then this little one is in a place that would be better then anything here on earth. So IF that's the case, then why weep for her? Even more so, why spew anger in regards to this whole issue? I don't believe yor God would approve of that either.

    July 8, 2011 at 12:11 am | Report abuse |
    • Name*satan

      you are a lie

      July 8, 2011 at 12:16 am | Report abuse |
    • Vicki

      Lightning strikig by Caylees' means something! Perhaps God is telling us she is OKAY WITH HIM...HE IS YOUR GOD, TOO AND SOME DAY YOU WILL FIND THAT OUT!

      July 8, 2011 at 12:23 am | Report abuse |
    • joe b

      God doesn't affect free will. If you hit your hand with a hammer he's not going to stop the act. Have fun in Hell.

      July 8, 2011 at 12:24 am | Report abuse |
    • Chimo

      Regardless of whether one believes in God or not or in Heaven or not (and believe me, I hope there is a heaven) life is always better than death and anyone who says that she's in a better place now needs to have their stinnikin head examined. We only get one chance at life, and that poor little girls life was cut short by a monster. That monster has a date of reckoning coming!!!! Things will not worl our for Ms. Casey when she gets out of jail. She'll be looking over her shoulder the rest of her life

      July 8, 2011 at 12:42 am | Report abuse |
  11. Name*satan

    wanna dance with me?

    July 8, 2011 at 12:12 am | Report abuse |
    • Vicki

      sure i'll dance with you! god dances with the devil ALL THE TIME!! MAYBE I WILL EVEN SEE YOU IN HEAVEN SOMEDAY!

      July 8, 2011 at 12:29 am | Report abuse |
  12. CanadianEh?!

    Damn. What are the odds that lighting strikes in this specific location on the heels of the verdict. Karma could be interesting for the future of this family, Id say.

    July 8, 2011 at 12:12 am | Report abuse |
  13. Vicki

    Lightning strikig by Caylees' means something! Perhaps God is telling us she is OKAY WITH HIM

    July 8, 2011 at 12:17 am | Report abuse |
  14. citizen

    It is vain to mourn those we should so soon follow. Without whatever it is that animates your human form the universe has no relevance.
    Live well and selflessly.

    July 8, 2011 at 12:20 am | Report abuse |
  15. Done

    How is this news? I'm sorry, I thought I was reading CNN, not TMZ. Shame on you, CNN. I'm done reading.

    July 8, 2011 at 12:20 am | Report abuse |
    • Concerned Reader

      I completely agree. Each time I think CNN hits a new low, they strive to prove me wrong. As citizens we should demand more from the media than trash like this. CNN you should be ashamed.

      July 8, 2011 at 12:27 am | Report abuse |
    • Justice

      Hopefully you're done talking as well.

      July 8, 2011 at 12:35 am | Report abuse |
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