Though she gave birth to three children, Ohio resident Stephanie Burgin said it seemed like she raised 10 because of the number of her son’s friends that used to hang around the house. One of those extra kids was Daniel Scott Daulton, the best friend of her son Charles, and a former fellow Fort Hood soldier with her oldest son David.
Daulton, 23, died Friday after police said he was stabbed by his father, Danny Lee Daulton.
The elder Daulton got into an argument with his son about the amount of time he spent on the computer, according to the affidavit for the father’s arrest. A scuffle happened, and the elder Daulton said, “I’ll show you,” before emerging from his room with a large hunting knife, a witness told police.
It was a move that shocked the younger Daulton’s friends back home in North College Hill, Ohio, a town 10 miles north of Cincinnati.
“I never had any problems with him,” Burgin said of the elder Daulton. “If the kids weren’t hanging at my house, they were hanging over there. The only thing I ever had to complain about was that his music was too loud.”
The younger Daulton was a loving father of two children and a husband. He left the Cincinnati area in October 2012, when he joined the Army. He was stationed at Fort Hood in February 2013 until he was discharged in August 2015, for what Burgin said was a medical reason.
According to Army records, Daulton was a private first class when he was discharged, and was deployed in Afghanistan from June 2013 to March 2014. He served as an infantryman, and received the Army Commendation Medal, the National Defense Service Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, the Afghanistan Campaign Medal with Campaign Star, Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon and NATO Medal.
Outside of the Army, he loved “pretty much all kinds” of music, and played the guitar with his childhood friend Cody Fields, who could always be found with Daniel and Burgin’s son, Charles.
The former soldier loved video games and computers, and Burgin said he completely rebuilt Cody’s computer for him once.
“He loved his kids, he liked normal young man stuff,” she said. “He was a great kid. I can’t stress that enough. He was a great kid.”