In a September 2018 interview with CBS News, Moriarty described the experience. It was around 4:00 a.m. and a loud noise had disturbed her. At first, she couldn’t identify the source. But soon, pieces of the puzzle fell into place.
The disturbance wasn’t from the children, they were asleep in their rooms. Neither was it Moriarty’s husband, who was away on business at the time. The sounds were, in fact, animal noises, so naturally she suspected her pets were involved.
Mom Moriarty naturally assumed her cat and dog were causing the ruckus. And her first impression seemed to be correct when two shapes charged into the bedroom. They could have easily been the two pets. However, what the sleepy mother saw next made would simply add to the confusion.