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. zoundsman

    All this anger, I look at it as understandable. People love children. They are hideous parents all over the world. Not giving this baby a chance for a life due to whatever the reason was deep, deep, deeply a cosmic crime. That family is finished.
    No way will they keep their names and walk without cowering.

    July 8, 2011 at 12:21 am | Report abuse |
  2. Alyssa

    is this a sing for casey??

    July 8, 2011 at 12:22 am | Report abuse |
  3. Anon

    Shows how desperate the media is. Now they are leaning on Myth to keep this story going. As if lightning hitting is some sort of "sign" lol...ya whatever. Move on already .

    July 8, 2011 at 12:22 am | Report abuse |
  4. nncbaxter

    If the lightening bolt was to mean anything, it should have struck her inside the court room.

    July 8, 2011 at 12:26 am | Report abuse |
  5. vikingslost

    QUESTION: Who will be the fastest woman in the world?

    ANSWER: A running, Casey Anthony when they open the jailhouse door for her and in Casey's thoughts of the goldmine of money to be made over Caylee's death.

    July 8, 2011 at 12:27 am | Report abuse |
  6. Concerned Reader

    This does not even qualify as new. CNN has reached a new low. They owe the public reliable, deserving news, not this sensationalist excuse for important information.

    July 8, 2011 at 12:28 am | Report abuse |
    • jaci

      That will never happen. Cnn, Nancy Grace and so on are in it for the money and tha's all. They are making millions exploiting the tragic death of this little girl and her disfunctional family. I really feel for these people who made mistakes that will not only haunt them for the rest of their lives, but have to be double crucified by cnn and Nancy Disgrace.

      July 8, 2011 at 12:37 am | Report abuse |



    July 8, 2011 at 12:30 am | Report abuse |
    • The Almighty

      To each his own, but I must admit I do like me some praisin'.

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

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    July 8, 2011 at 12:31 am | Report abuse |
  9. dh

    I believe this is our good Lord reminding us he has this (her) under control. We have to remember this, the place we are living, is not our resting place. This is not the place of enternal happiness for us. He promises there will be trials and tribulations. All this said, this is just a reminder to us that it will be "ok".. Amen.

    July 8, 2011 at 12:36 am | Report abuse |
    • ruth fassett

      amen toe that thank-you for posting you believe in god .ruth.

      July 8, 2011 at 12:42 am | Report abuse |
    • kala mia

      Good comment, and thank you for reminding everyone that life here is only temporary . Our eternal life is the final and everlasting . I was very sad to see what happened to the little girl and felt even worse to see justice was not served. But the mother in this case will have to give final account when she faces her creator justice there will definitely be served.

      July 8, 2011 at 12:48 am | Report abuse |
    • ModernEarthling

      17,000 children died today of starvation. Yesterday another 17,000 died. Tomorrow the same will go hungry and die. In fact, everyday, 365 days a year, 17,000 children die of starvation. Where is your god? Is he too busy watching the "tot mom" case to give a hoot? Did you read the article? "There are more lightning strikes in Florida per square mile than in any other state, according to weather.com." Next time you pray, pray for the 17,000 children who will die of starvation today. I hope your god hears you.

      July 8, 2011 at 12:49 am | Report abuse |
    • Darren Tebo

      Amen! The Good Lord does have our backs and he knows whether or not Casey Anthony is guilty (and if she is, she will have to face him for it and explain herself). That I am sure of! Thank you for posting that!

      July 8, 2011 at 12:52 am | Report abuse |
    • Keith


      July 8, 2011 at 12:55 am | Report abuse |
    • pastafarian

      Yeah, god did a great job saving that poor girl. and now you pray to him for what? how can you possibly close your mind to the stupendous ignorance in your thinking???

      July 8, 2011 at 12:56 am | Report abuse |
    • Darren Tebo

      @ModernEarthening, I can assure you that God is there for each and every one of us! It is up to us to turn to him and obey him! He sent his one and only son to die on the cross for the forgiveness of our sins! The very least we can do is show him the love and respect to obey him and do what is right in return! Btw, I am not sure about others, but I pray every day and every night for everyone that is suffering through these trials! That will never change and God hears every one of those prayers and acts upon them! If he decides it is time for us to be called home, you can be sure it is with good reason. He knows what is best for us and he cares for those that are left behind as well! God does not go around intentionally punishing people for the fun of it! I can only pray that he will help you to understand these things and that you will find the peace and joy that it brings to live a Christian life! May God Bless you and keep you in his care! Amen!

      July 8, 2011 at 12:59 am | Report abuse |
    • pastafarian

      Darren Tebo: please show some evidence for any of that BS you just spouted out. Anything. Just one single piece of proof or reason to believe. No, I didn't think so. Until religion is wiped from this planet, our race will not advance. Bunch of brainwashed sheep willing to kill each other over their personal belief in a magic man in the sky..

      July 8, 2011 at 1:09 am | Report abuse |
    • ModernEarthling

      @Darren Tebo: There is no evidence that Jesus ever existed. None. Nada. Zip. Do some searching on your own and you'll soon discover that this Jesus you speak of has been the biggest marketing scam in the history of humankind. The Bible you read now is very different than the books written thousands of years ago. It has gone through so many changes you probably wouldn't recognize it. It's fiction. As much as you want to believe, you're wrong. Instead of praying, how about all you god people DO something about world hunger. It doesn't take much to see that your prayers are accomplishing nothing.

      July 8, 2011 at 10:39 am | Report abuse |
  10. ruth fassett

    who said there is no god you are soe wrong god is real and some day even the un believers will turn toe him as for me im glad i have god in my life. he is good .ruth florida.

    July 8, 2011 at 12:39 am | Report abuse |
    • The Almighty

      Well, I don't want to spoil the ending, but I will say that "un believers" will surely NOT turn "toe" me.
      Oh the suspense!

      July 8, 2011 at 12:45 am | Report abuse |
    • pastafarian

      Ruth: you are delusional. You have NOTHING to support your beliefs outside of the lifelong brainwashing you've been forced to accept. USE YOUR BRAIN!


      here's a great quote that, as far as i'm concerned, says it all...Is God willing to prevent evil, but not able? Then he is not omnipotent. Is he able, but not willing? Then he is malevolent. Is he both able and willing? Then whence cometh evil? Is he neither able nor willing? Then why call him God?

      Feel free to respond.

      July 8, 2011 at 12:59 am | Report abuse |
  11. I live in Tyrone Pennsylvania 

    That is crazy stuff....what are the chances especially that precise time. God exists!

    July 8, 2011 at 12:39 am | Report abuse |
    • The Almighty

      What are the chances that I missed Zeus? Well, 999999999^999994829993 of course!

      July 8, 2011 at 12:48 am | Report abuse |
    • ModernEarthling

      What are the chances? Pretty damn good. Did you read the article? "There are more lightning strikes in Florida per square mile than in any other state, according to weather.com." What are the chances that god will help the 17,000 children who die every day of hunger? Not very good.

      July 8, 2011 at 12:51 am | Report abuse |
    • ruth fassett

      lrt believers in god stand up and praise him . lrt there be a public meeting at that tree and we all can praise god. if i have toe i would walk there. who is with me.and who wants toe give god glory. thank-you ruth.

      July 8, 2011 at 12:54 am | Report abuse |
  12. porsha ferguson

    nobody knows what happened, could have been an accident, god will be the judge of her punishment. you better watch before you throw to many stones. you may be on the stand next for an murder that was or was not an accident. mind your own business and say a prayer and let god do his work. 🙂

    July 8, 2011 at 12:39 am | Report abuse |
  13. pastafarian

    Ummm, sometimes lightning just strikes trees. Seriously. It's not newsworthy.

    July 8, 2011 at 12:40 am | Report abuse |
  14. Julia

    The story line might seem a bit corny, but I like it. When I read the headline, I thought: Caylee is angry at her mother for what she did to her and because she got away with it.
    Sadly, this 'thing' can still reproduce, so this might happen again someday. Someone on the news mentioned she might be going to stay with an aunt in Texas. She will NOT get away with murder there. Them Texans are mighty proud of their new death chamber.

    July 8, 2011 at 12:41 am | Report abuse |
  15. pastafarian

    I do not feel obliged to believe that the same God who has endowed us with sense, reason, and intellect has intended us to forgo their use. -Galileo Galilei

    July 8, 2011 at 12:42 am | Report abuse |
    • The Almighty

      Um, yeah. That was my fault. I was supposed to give good ol' Galileo an IQ of 89, not 169. To earth with dyslexia!

      July 8, 2011 at 12:54 am | Report abuse |
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