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. SimpleMindedPeople

    Ok, I see you Jesus freaks saying it was a sign, but how do you know it wasn't the all mighty Zeus the God of thunder who struck the tree.....perspectives are funny aren't they...

    July 9, 2011 at 12:11 am | Report abuse |
    • Valerie

      How do we know it wasn't zeus and the other gods??? Because our God Almighty is the only ONE!

      July 9, 2011 at 12:29 am | Report abuse |
    • Tyler

      I thought there were three?!?!

      not... confusing... at... all

      July 9, 2011 at 6:56 pm | Report abuse |
  2. robb

    It could mean she wants u people to let her rest in peace...and worry about your kids n families.

    July 9, 2011 at 9:49 am | Report abuse |
  3. chris2

    I believe even if one does not believe in a higher power, Good is a concept that we can choose or choose not to reflect in our actions. Expressing evil is one's own self-inflicted punishment, right here, right now on earth.

    July 9, 2011 at 1:04 pm | Report abuse |
  4. CrazyLarry

    The arrogant defense team and Casey will get it one day down the road because they twisted the truths what actually happened to little Caylee. How could they celebrate with champagne, jumping up and down especially that frizzy haired blonde buffoon defense attorney Dorothy Simms acting like a drunk gorilla and that old oaf Cheney Mason shooting a bird at the public. Casey with her flirting, smiling, and twirling her greasy limp hair with her fingers just plain sickening. All of them acted like a bunch of jack### while celebrating while a dead little girl didn't get her justice which she deserved. Sadly, the legal system failed little Caylee.

    Casey is now laughing so hard of how she bamboozled everyone including the justice system with her skillful lies. She had destroyed so many innocent lives with her stealing and lies and now she is walkilng out free, stand to make millions of dollars.

    July 9, 2011 at 1:31 pm | Report abuse |
  5. HeedTheRealWarning

    This might be looked as a warning to all who are showing actions of Satan!.. She has been found not guilty...so if there is to be further judgement, that would be the place of our God!! This woman needs prayer and forgiveness that she has maybe never experienced....And most of all none of us know her relationship with God!!! So heed his warning!! WRATH IS A SIN!!

    "This they said, tempting him, that they might have to accuse him. But Jesus stooped down, and with his finger wrote on the ground, as though he heard them not. So when they continued asking him, he lifted up himself, and said unto them, He that is without sin among you, let him first cast a stone at her. And again he stooped down, and wrote on the ground. And they which heard it, being convicted by their own conscience, went out one by one, beginning at the eldest, even unto the last: and Jesus was left alone, and the woman standing in the midst. " (John 8:6-9)

    July 9, 2011 at 1:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • Linda Lee Smith

      The Lord told me yrs. ago that no child can die without the parents being responsibe, also no wife can die without the husband being responsible, & no husband can die without the wife being responsible. Only exception is when The Lord call us home!

      July 9, 2011 at 5:36 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Seeker of Justice

    The lightning hitting the tree close to where Caylee's remains were found is very eery. God appears to be saying that he's very angry with the verdict, Casey not being guilty, and walking out free without being held accountable for all the wicked wrongdoings she committed against the innocent victims that were sucked into her evil schemes...poor law enforcement and Texas Equusearch looking for hours and hours throughout Orlando under the unbearable hot weather while she knew where Caylee was and poor Zenaida Gonzales who lost her job, her home, and death threats against her and her family. As one professional stated on Nancy Grace said that Casey Anthony was born with a criminal mind and criminal brain!!!! One day Casey will pay and will meet her own demise.

    July 9, 2011 at 1:43 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Yvonne

    Therre were plenty of evidence at least to get a manslaughter or child neglect, remember Caylee was under the care of Casey during the 31 days, lets not forget that there never was a nanny. Also who goes to parties and on a shopping spree when your child is missing? Or gets a tattoo that says beautiful life. Something very strande happen in that jury room? Caylee did not deserve what the jurors have done! You just send a message to the world that it's ok to kill children and that when you come out you will be rewarded by making lots of money on Caylee Death! Remember that Casey lie to the police, lie to the FBI and lie to many other people. The jurors should be ashame of themselfs for not taking the time to look at the evidence .

    July 9, 2011 at 2:17 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Lilian

    I can't beilieve it !!!!!! Not Guilty?????.. I'm totally Shocked. How could someone do that to there 2 year old daughter. I'm really upset. It just shows how Screwed up the system is. People like her get away with murder. I bet you if this was Black or Hispanic ohhh. totally different story. Agree or disagree

    July 9, 2011 at 2:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • ZZ

      Black or Hispanic???? Ummm really?? The OJ Simpson case is the perfect example–Race has nothing to do with it so get over yourself. The jury made that decision and they're the ones who have to live with it! Try and do something in memory of Caylee to help the situation or prevent this from happening to anyone else.

      July 9, 2011 at 11:57 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Lady Justice

    Casey may have too much an easy life if she was sent to prison for a long time. When she gets out, Casey will have a much tougher and hellish life to deal with for she will be on her own. During her sentencing day in front of Judge Perry, Casey thought for sure she was walking out as a free woman..all dolled up, winking flirtatiously, smiling, and wiggling her eyebrows at Jose Baez without any cares of how much pains and sufferings she inflicted on the innocent victims including little Caylee. She certainly displayed no absolutlely no remorse of what she did with Caylee, law enforcement, her parents, brother, Zenaida Gonzales, Texas Equusearch, relatives, and the trails of debts she incurred during the three years.

    I pray very hard that she will get her own justice from God. God is more powerful than she is....he will never allow her to get away from her very evil misdoings in this world. She will be held accountable for all the crimes she committed.

    July 9, 2011 at 2:54 pm | Report abuse |
  10. EruptingVolcano

    As Pam Plesa, Casey Anthony's aunt, said on Nancy Grace show that she was very appalled with the jury's verdict. She thought that the jurors were either not too bright or plain lazy! I would say both!!! I agree with her definitely..jurors rushed to make a verdict without thoroughly examining whatever evidences presented. I felt they didn't perform a very thorough job and were in a hurry to just go home. Casey delayed and delayed in cooperating with the people helping to find the little girl and so by the time they found her....skeletal remains were left.

    I also blamed the stupid deputy for not acting sooner after Roy Kronk called him to investigate the woods! He wasted 30 minutes berating Kronk instead of calling the police dept to send the investigators to check the area. The deputy knew that the entire city of Orlando were out in full force looking for the little girl. A short phone call could have helped in getting Caylee her justice and mom locked away for good! I am so glad that deputy was fired because he just helped Casey get away with murder!!! He failed to do his duty!

    July 9, 2011 at 3:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • justis4klee

      AMEN !!! that is where the major error was in that deputy not following up on roy kronks call...

      July 9, 2011 at 7:24 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Ann

    My fellow Christians, God is watching over this and he will judge in his own way. The real judgement day is coming and after this Lightening hitting tree) I believe our Father is not happy with any of this situation he is speaking people....signs of our good Lord are all around us, open your eyes and see them.

    He will take care of it in his way.....Our Father is a fair and just Lord and fellow Christians lets pray for all involved and sit back and watch what our wonderful Lord can do......

    July 9, 2011 at 3:37 pm | Report abuse |
  12. chris2

    Since the sky, space goes on forever, as far as I am concerned, anything is possible. Regarding the lightning. strike, why rule out any theory? Collective human minds may have created an energy force to strike, zap, for a reminder to stop the evil, and remember Caylee. A signal , Or a coincidence. If one chooses to believe it is a wake up call OR was a natural happening that's their choice. The strike got my attention no matter why It happened. Jolted my mind.

    July 9, 2011 at 8:00 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Lady Singing the Blues

    The defense team and Casey will pay in the end! They destroyed real truth of how Caylee really died by twisting the facts to get their evil defendant off the hook. Look what happened to OJ Simpson and his defense team..OJ finally got his Karma and ended in jail where he supposedly belonged in the first place and his defense attorneys Johnny Cochran and Robert Kardashian died few years later. Cochran died of brain tumor I believe and Kardashian died of cancer.

    Who knows what is going to happen to Casey and her lying defense team! I hope Caylee will haunt Casey every night and not allow her to go to sleep until she 'fesses up!

    July 9, 2011 at 8:48 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Ali

    if only casey anthony was tied to that tree

    July 9, 2011 at 9:35 pm | Report abuse |
  15. The Thin Man

    Casey is very capable of committing the perfect murder....wearing gloves, hairnet, flip flops, and a robe when she killed the little girl and dumped the body in the swamps. She got rid of everything she used so nothing could be traced back to her. After watching the six weeks murder trial, the whole nation knew in their guts Casey was responsible for murdering her child!

    July 9, 2011 at 10:01 pm | Report abuse |
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