Could a Baby Keep Richie Out of the Pokey?

6/22/2007 2:01 PM PDT

Could a Baby Keep Richie Out of the Pokey?

With pregnancy rumors running every which way, Nicole Richie and borefriend Joel Madden added fuel to the baby blabber fire. TMZ spies saw them purchase a $300 Born Out of Necessity chic leather diaper bag at Bel-Bambini baby boutique on Thursday. But even if she's not pregnant, Richie might want to consider getting knocked up real soon -- it might save her from following in Paris' shackled footsteps.

With her DUI trial set to begin on July 11, what judge in his right mind would send a pregnant waif to the slammer?! Oh the humanity! If she's found guilty, Wrongway Richie will spend a minimum of five days in jail, with the possibility of up to a year behind bars -- and we're not talkin' Hyde!

Anyone know of a good prison daycare?