The wife of a man whose dead body was found rotting in their family home for months after his death was in court Thursday facing criminal charges.

Kaling Wald, 50, appeared briefly at the John Sopinka Courthouse in Hamilton Thursday morning. She appeared nervous, and was wearing a beige sweater and grey dress pants with glasses and had her shoulder length hair pinned back.

She didn’t speak during the proceedings. Family members sat with her on either side in court.

Wald was arrested last month and charged with neglect of duty regarding a dead body and indignity to a body.

A foreclosure company employee found 51-year-old Peter Wald’s body when trying to evict Wald and his family from their St. Matthews Avenue home in the city’s north end back in September.

“It all has to do with the responsibilities of dealing with a dead body,” Det. Sgt. Steve Hrab told CBC Hamilton shortly after Wald’s arrest. “You are required to contact the authorities, the coroner, if someone passes away in their home. There are laws to the effect on how we deal with dead bodies.”

Regional coroner Dr. Jack Stanborough told CBC Hamilton in September that Wald’s body was in an “advanced state of decomposition” when it was discovered.

“Evidence suggests he’d been dead for weeks, if not months,” Stanborough said.

Next-door neighbour Brenda Dennis said she believed Wald had been deceased for at least four months before his body was found.

She told CBC Hamilton that odd behaviour around the home started around that time, too. Hordes of flies could be seen around a second-floor window and birds were pecking at the screen. Peter Wald also couldn’t be seen outside around his prized blue Astro van anymore — which was painted with religious words and symbols.

Family members also started dancing and chanting while wearing black robes in the backyard — sometimes twice a day, said Dennis’s husband, Brian. The six Wald children also lived in the home during the time their father's body was there.

Kaling Wald was arrested at the Niagara Region home where the family moved after the body was discovered in September.

She is scheduled to be back in a Hamilton courtroom on March 13.

With files from Julia Chapman