Queensland’s Attorney-General has appealed against the “manifestly inadequate” sentence of a woman who sent nude photos of her daughter to her lover.

A childcare worker who sent graphic nude photos of her daughter to her lover will have her sentence appealed after she walked free from a Brisbane court.

The 41-year-old woman, who can’t be named for legal reasons, pleaded guilty in the Brisbane District Court on September 30 to making and distributing child exploitation material over several months in 2010 and 2011.

The court heard the then-married woman sent between 17 and 19 photos of her 12-year-old daughter to a man with whom she was having an affair.

The woman was sentenced to two years’ probation for making the material and two years’ imprisonment, to be wholly suspended for three years, for distributing it.

Attorney-General Jarrod Bleijie announced on Friday he was appealing against the sentence.

“The Attorney-General’s appeal is on the grounds that the sentence is manifestly inadequate and that the learned sentencing judge erred in the way she applied the totality principle in this case,” a spokesman said in a statement.

During sentencing, the court heard the woman committed the offences before she was sentenced last year to three-and-half years’ imprisonment for fraud.

The woman served 12 months actual time in custody for that offence, which involved stealing more than $63,000 from a childcare centre she worked at between 2008 and 2010.

Judge Sarah Bradley decided more actual jail time was unfair, given the woman had made steps to rehabilitate since her release.