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. Tarah D.

    PROPAGANDA! Yes!!!! I'll stick to pbs too.

    July 7, 2011 at 9:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jan

      Yet here you are.

      July 7, 2011 at 9:28 pm | Report abuse |
  2. sr

    We can all say what we want about the verdict delivered, but we will never know what happened to little Caylee. Just as we put our faith in the jurors, we must put our faith in God. Don't judge the jurors, we weren't at the trial. it is wrong for us to assume what took place, although the media hype makes it easy for us to do that. If lightening struck Caylee's memorial hours after Casey's acquittal was announced, don't you think it is a sign from Caylee?
    God will only give us what He knows we can handle. so for Him to not intervene before Caylee's life was taken, there is a reason. and we will never know the reason. As hard as it is, we should not judge, but let the man above do the judging. Although there is turmoil, uncertainty, and division, Caylee is resting in God's arms. Let her rest.
    God is the only one anyone will answer to.

    July 7, 2011 at 9:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • Rob

      No, I do not think it was god but rather the memorial site being in on eof the most lightning prone areas of the country. That might have a LITTLE to do with it

      July 7, 2011 at 9:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • Noah

      Luckily the whole god idea is a joke and everything you've said is comedic to say the least.

      July 7, 2011 at 9:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • Redneck Bear

      Oh no, is was the Gods Nut and Min that caused all of the storms to occur in Florida. Perhaps Ma-at also had something to do with this event?

      July 7, 2011 at 11:29 pm | Report abuse |
  3. nick

    Completely unrelated! Everyone knows that it is the fireworks poking holes in the sky that cause the rain and lightning.

    July 7, 2011 at 9:19 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Dan Tanna

    In other news... A bear crapped in the woods.

    July 7, 2011 at 9:21 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Sky Jockey

    Who really cares now. The trial is over. Lets me on to how we are going to get this country headed in the right direction. All this media coverage of Casey Anthony did was take our attention off the real issues facing all Americans.

    July 7, 2011 at 9:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jan

      You do. You're still reading about it.

      July 7, 2011 at 9:29 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Jack

    As soon as I saw the headline I knew the stupid remarks would come out.

    July 7, 2011 at 9:22 pm | Report abuse |
  7. somuchfor

    Such tripe.

    July 7, 2011 at 9:23 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Mark Johnson

    You know I want argue with you on if they are are if there's not that's your right.But i'm from the South my Mom n Dad believed and were very devoted .If the Lord was good enough for them he is for me.....

    July 7, 2011 at 9:23 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Jim Tiger

    Emanuella Grinberg: you should be ashamed of yourself. What a pathetic excuse for a news article.

    July 7, 2011 at 9:23 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Katherine Riebe

    I think the father did it. He told Casey to shut up and lie about the whole thing. Why didn't one family member, including Casy's father, didn't call 911. The guy's a cop. I think the father did it and he should be investigated further.

    July 7, 2011 at 9:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • France

      The whole family is responsible for carelessness & public disturbance for not taking sensible actions regarding Caylee.

      July 7, 2011 at 9:27 pm | Report abuse |
  11. kinjirurm

    Right. In a place where thunderstorms are a near-daily occurrence, it's surely a sign from the heavens that they're mad at the verdict.

    July 7, 2011 at 9:23 pm | Report abuse |
  12. caroline

    To all the ppl on Casey Anthony side... U guys r one stubborn ppl... She is guilty n she knows she's the killer of her daughter... I hope caylee haunts her until she dies...

    July 7, 2011 at 9:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • Casey

      We know she's guilty of knowing what happened or killing. But the evidence did not prove she did anything but lie. That's why I agree with the not guilty.

      July 7, 2011 at 9:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • Noah

      And Caroline you're a total idiot and hopefully will never be selected to sit on a jury as you obviously have no understanding of the judicial system whatsoever.

      July 7, 2011 at 9:36 pm | Report abuse |
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    July 7, 2011 at 9:26 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Robert

    That lighting strike came from the almighty god!! The real judgement is next, this time it will be infront of jesus

    July 7, 2011 at 9:26 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Tracy

    You crazy Jesus loving freaks! There is always lightning in Florida. This is the stupidest s**t CNN ever published.

    July 7, 2011 at 9:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • Rob

      For sure. CNN is going down hill and fast. TO even put a story about this is just sad. CNN should give back every journalism award they have ever won for this

      July 7, 2011 at 9:31 pm | Report abuse |
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