Well, she wanted to leave home forever to start a new life.The child was not abandoned or neglected. She was left in the care of her father. Charges can't be brought for leaving your child in the care of her other parent UNLESS you take off knowing full well your spouse is unfit and a danger to the child.
Leaving home is not illegal. The woman made no false reports to cover for her actions. She can't be held financially responsible because her family reported her gone.
Now, that being said... she is a selfish, irresponsible idiot and her fitness as a parent should be thoroughly questioned before she can regain custody of her child.
I do tend to agree with the folks who've said the husband more than likely knew exactly what was going on, and was either looking to embarass her into coming back, or was looking to set himself up an airtight case for custody in the divorce.
A life without her child.
Shouldn't her wish be granted and respected?