I'm reviewing the entire transcript of the Douglas Walsh case, and found this shocking bit that normally doesn't come up in the search engines, but it should:
Pages 370-375. Hayden Cooper Covington on the stand:
Q: “In your experience of your own congregation in New York, did you have children there of eleven or twelve being baptized?”
A: “Oh yes, I would agree with that instantly.”
Q: “Was that a common feature?”
Q: “In your experience, you had children younger than eleven?”
A: “Yes, I think I would say yes on that. (…) The parent takes responsibility for that child, and the parent, of course, knows that if a person takes the oath, that is to say, when I say oath I mean the Covenant obligation to serve Jehovah, and he does not keep it, it means death, so it must be a person who has the heart willingness and the maturity to understand what this obligation carries with it, otherwise a child may grow out of the Covenant, if he did not understand it, and disobey it.”
Q: “And you do ordain and baptize some younger than 11 or 12?”
A: “That is true (…)”
Q: “Have you any recollection of the youngest child baptized in New York?”
A: “Personally, of my own knowledge, I do not know of anyone under the age of 8 or 9 who has been baptized. I would say 8 would be the youngest as far as I know.”
Q: “At that stage am I right you may have a child of as tender years of 8 or 9 made a full member of Jehovah’s Witnesses and subject to the penalties of breach of Covenant?”
A: “That is right, but again I say that is an exceptional case”.
Q: “Let me ask you this straight question. Do you really think it accords with Christ’s teachings to have that sanction over the head of a child for failing, if he did, to stand by the beliefs promulgated about the Second Coming and Armageddon and the theocratic organization?”
A: “If the child understood, which he must before he is baptized, then he stands on the same footing as an adult. Now, the reason that we state this is that it is supported in Scripture. You read in Ezekiel where the Jehovah God tells the angel to go through the city and to destroy both young and old men and women and little children, and this is pictured at Armageddon, so there is no getting around it regardless of how seemingly harsh it may appear. The fact of the matter is, it is the judgment of God and we cannot change the Almighty God or His judgements.”
So, death to small children who breach a Covenant [i.e. baptism] they were forced into by their parents and which they cannot fully understand? Yes, by all means, said Covington, because, you know, Jehovah.