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Nicole Medina, 26

 Nicole Medina, a 26-year-old white woman also known as Nicole Danielson, died Saturday, Oct. 24, as a result of blunt force trauma. She was found in the 36200 block of Paradise Ranch Road in Castaic, according to Los Angeles County coroner’s records.

Medina was found in her home, where she lived with her husband, Robert Danielson, and their two children, ages 3 and 1, said Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Lt. Steve Jauch. 

Her husband called deputies about 8:38 a.m., after he found his wife unresponsive, Jauch said. 

Medina was taken to a hospital where she was pronounced dead at 9:28 a.m., according to coroner’s records. The autopsy listed the cause of death as blunt force trauma to the head, Jauch said. Investigators are still trying to determine when the trauma occurred and what caused it, Jauch said.  

Coroner’s records list the victim’s name as Medina, but the Sheriff’s Department listed her last name as Danielson. Jauch said she and Robert Danielson married six months ago. 

Danielson, a 29-year-old white man, agreed to be interviewed by sheriff’s investigators Saturday, Jauch said. He was arrested on suspicion of murder that evening, Jauch said. He is being held in jail in lieu of paying $1 million bail. 

The couple’s children are in the care of relatives, Jauch said. 

Anyone with information is asked to contact the sheriff’s Homicide Bureau at (323) 890-5500. Those wishing to remain anonymous should call Crime Stoppers at (800) 222-8477. 

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