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. Awilda

    Court costs, fines, Zenaids suit, the searchers suit... this is just the beginning for Casey. Her life will b just like OJs, miserable. Her punishment will come from above. For those who support her, just think at what she has done to her family. They wont move n will have to deal with the peoples stares n hate. Their life will never b the same. As for the jurors, they are a bunch of morons! Now, will Orlando continue searching for Caylees killer?

    July 8, 2011 at 1:48 am | Report abuse |
  2. Name*lucifer


    July 8, 2011 at 1:57 am | Report abuse |
  3. Name*tammie king

    I hope that casey will forever be haunted with.caylees voice and face. She killed that child. God does not like ugly and just like oj simpson casey will get what she deserves. Little caylee is in a better place with God

    July 8, 2011 at 2:01 am | Report abuse |
  4. I Love Casey Anthony

    I hate bible thumpers.

    July 8, 2011 at 2:11 am | Report abuse |
  5. Joey from Gahanna, OH

    Lightning also striked near NASA.. Same area. Just put it in one story.

    July 8, 2011 at 2:12 am | Report abuse |
  6. Steve

    Or maybe its a sign there is electric in the sky...

    July 8, 2011 at 2:16 am | Report abuse |
  7. Lisa

    Come on now people use common sense. God put it on the table of everbodys hearts it is the spirit of GOD WITHIN YOU not just your conscience. Your own spirit will testify against you so there will be no excuse such as "I didn't have enough proof" its in you and all around you. Time is ticking...speaking of... time is even in accordance to JESUS CHRIST (B.C-before Christ & A.D-after death. THE WAY,THE TRUTH, & THE LIFE!

    July 8, 2011 at 2:17 am | Report abuse |
    • pastafarian

      lmfao. seriously?

      July 8, 2011 at 2:37 am | Report abuse |
    • Clue4Sale

      Wow. You are a moron. So what happened between his birth and death then? Just a gap that nobody cared to remember? A.D. is not "after death" it is "Anno Domini", which is Latin for "year of our Lord" (not mine, mind you. All hail the FSM!). You religious folk are always so quick to spout crap off without a clue as to what you are really saying. I guess it's just in your brain to spread lies, so carry on.

      July 8, 2011 at 2:41 am | Report abuse |
    • mr nobody

      AD does not stand for After Death if BC stands for Before Christ and according to you AD stands for after death when exactly did Jesus Live?

      July 8, 2011 at 2:46 am | Report abuse |
    • pastafarian

      lol @ "common sense"! You should try it sometime. You spout off these fairy tales as if there is any proof they exist. There is none! Common sense of all things dictates that your religious beliefs are conveniently unprovable and lack any basis in fact or evidence, much less common sense.

      July 8, 2011 at 2:53 am | Report abuse |
    • Kevin B

      For some time christians have claimed that hearts have eyes, but now a table too? Just where in my heart is this table? Is it wood, or laminated? Can I get an extra leaf put in it?

      July 8, 2011 at 3:02 am | Report abuse |
  8. Ramon F. Herrera

    If angels were upset why didn't they direct the lighting to Mrs. Anthony, instead of me?

    -Signed: The Poor Sap

    July 8, 2011 at 2:19 am | Report abuse |
  9. Rex Diamond

    Look at all the silly liberals afraid of religion posting on this story.

    July 8, 2011 at 2:20 am | Report abuse |
    • Name*lucifer


      July 8, 2011 at 2:23 am | Report abuse |
    • Erik

      Hey Rex, what does your Bible say about being judgmental?

      July 8, 2011 at 2:33 am | Report abuse |
    • pastafarian

      Rex: We have no fear of your religion. It's your hell; you burn in it.

      July 8, 2011 at 2:42 am | Report abuse |
    • Kevin B

      Guess what Rex, God never struck anyone with lightning. If you're going to talk religion, at least get it right.

      July 8, 2011 at 2:47 am | Report abuse |
    • Please insult my intelligence

      Not afraid, Rex. I just don't believe that, if there is a God, that he/she/it skulks around like some hired goon waiting for the next command from Nancy Grace. Besides, based on your Old Testament, you can't be sure that the death of an innocent child is something that God would be opposed to. There is plenty of smiting-for-sport in your holy book.

      July 8, 2011 at 3:39 am | Report abuse |
  10. Robert

    So if there's no gods or afterlife of any kind, when you die thats it? You just stop existing? Thats lame. Lets figure out the key to immortality then.

    July 8, 2011 at 2:26 am | Report abuse |
    • marie

      Wonder what the angels were mad about when lightning struck that four year old boy riding his tricycle in his driveway on my block?

      July 8, 2011 at 2:43 am | Report abuse |
  11. No Heaven

    There is no such thing called heaven.

    July 8, 2011 at 2:29 am | Report abuse |
  12. Lisa

    @pastafarian- I personally function with an inner peace...no matter what I'm going through. I know that peace only comes from GOD... try HIM! I guarantee you will not be dissappointed!

    July 8, 2011 at 2:29 am | Report abuse |
    • Chucky McLovin

      Peace only comes through god?! Get real! God is imaginary and I have peace. Please get in touch with reality.

      July 8, 2011 at 2:32 am | Report abuse |
    • pastafarian

      Lisa: I suppose ignorance is bliss then. I prefer reality and facts to blind faith or man-made fairy tales.

      July 8, 2011 at 2:40 am | Report abuse |
    • Please insult my intelligence

      Hate to tell you Lisa, but you can get that same feeling from opiates. But then again, I guess God made poppies, so maybe you're right.

      July 8, 2011 at 3:41 am | Report abuse |
  13. Chucky McLovin

    Really CNN?! You publish this garbage as "news"?! Florida is one of the most active lightning areas in the world and there's a tropical wave moving through; lightning struck right by my house today. Does that mean the "angles aren't happy" with my house? NO! CNN is starting to get as bad as Fox "news".

    July 8, 2011 at 2:30 am | Report abuse |
  14. Matt

    Number of thunderstorms occurring at any given time: 2000
    Number of lightning strikes over the earth per second: 100

    It's not news, it's CNN.com.

    July 8, 2011 at 2:31 am | Report abuse |
  15. someone

    Well, apparently she knows who didn't get the correct punishment!

    July 8, 2011 at 2:34 am | Report abuse |
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