SANTA MONICA, Calif.
(AP) A man who died from a tub trap that was put in his bathtub after he tried to kill himself in the bathroom has been identified by a local coroner as a 47-year-old Santa Monica man who lived near the bathtub.
The Santa Monica Police Department confirmed Tuesday that the man was identified by the coroner as Ronald L. Bales.
Bales was found dead Saturday after authorities found him in a Santa Monica neighborhood that is surrounded by the city’s homeless population.
Bates was the son of a homeless man who had lived at the home for a year, police said.
A Santa Monica Fire Department helicopter later found him inside the home, with multiple stab wounds to the chest.
He had apparently been trying to kill his mother with a tub of ice water, according to Santa Monica police.
Police initially identified him as Ronald Bales Jr., but later determined he was the father of two of his children, according the coroner’s office.
He was taken to Santa Clarita Valley Medical Center where he died Saturday.
Byles had been living in the neighborhood for more than two years, according and the police department said.
The Santa Monica City Council said the death was a tragedy.
The death was one of about 30 bathtub-related deaths reported across the nation this year, according for the National Alliance to End Homelessness, an advocacy group.
A spokesman for the Santa Monica Homeless Services said at least 50 homeless men and women have died from bathtub traps in the past two years.