Delbert Latham and his 6-year-old son Kayson jumped on a roller coaster called the Mouse Trap at Wonderland Amusement Park in Armarillo, Texas, in hopes of enjoying a fun ride.
Little did they know it would turn out to be a near-death experience.
Latham, who was recording his son’s reactions on his cell phone camera, accidentally captured the moment his son's seat belt malfunctioned.
As the child slipped downward, the father quickly grabbed him, while constantly reassuring him, saying "You're fine. I promise. I gotcha. There are no more big hills."
As if the experience wasn’t terrifying enough, Latham claimed the ride operator continued to let people ride despite being aware of the problem.
“What makes it worse is when I told the guy at the end of the ride he stated that he knew that had happened sometimes!!” Latham wrote in a Facebook post. “Really it's already happens (sic) and you continue to let people ride??!! And after this they continued to let people ride they just didn't let anyone in the back seat!”
Following the incident, the park released a statement saying they reached out to Latham the same evening of the malfunction and fixed the broken seat belt.
"Wonderland immediately reached back out to Mr. Latham the evening it happened and promptly removed the back car from service and ensured all other seat belts were in proper working order. The Mouse Trap was back in full operation on Saturday," the statement said.
Wonderland Amusement Park management added the ride was originally built without seat belts, which is odd considering how dangerous it could be without a safety buckle.