Although she met the height and weight requirements for the "Techno Jump ride" at RodeoHouston on Wednesday, a 3-year-old was thrown from her seat once the ride began, KHOU TV reports.
According to the station, the girl's mother reportedly decided she didn't want to ride along moments before it began-- and left her daughter strapped in with her brother.
Despite the lap bar and restraining belt, the girl slipped out of the moving chair and fell to the ride's platform -- suffering a contusion on the side of her head and abrasions, the station reports. Luckily a CAT scan and X-ray at the Texas Children's Hospital revealed no serious injuries.
Leroy Shafer, Chief Operating Officer of the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo, told the Houston Chronicle that it seemed the girl "decided to crawl out to get back to her mother" roughly 15 seconds into the ride. The girl "immediately jumped up and started running to find her mother," he added.
Shafer added to KTRK TV that the incident should serve as a warning to parents taking their kids on carnival rides.
"The thing I want to emphasize to parents...be responsible out here," Shafer said, according to the station.
This isn't the first time someone has been injured at the Houston rodeo. Last year, a man fell to his death from one of the carnival's roller coasters. Although safety teams inspected the "Hi-Miller" roller coaster after the tragedy, they reportedly found no malfunctions despite claims from a previous rider who said the safety latch in her car came undone.