Sycamore man dies following Christmas Day fight

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SYCAMORE, Ill. (WIFR) - The man left unconscious after falling down a flight of stairs in Sycamore on Christmas morning has died from his injuries.

Sycamore police say just after 3:30 a.m. on Christmas Day officers went to a call in the 100 block of Mille Circle for a man who had fallen down the stairs.

Investigators say 62-year-old Henry Berenz was found unconscious at the bottom of the stairs and was taken to the hospital.

After interviewing family members, officers learned that a verbal argument got physical and Berenz tried to break it up. They also learned that 44-year-old John Knell, of Pekin, allegedly hit Berenz causing him to fall down the stairs.

Berenz died from his injuries on Tuesday at a Rockford hospital.

Knell was arrested and charged with aggravated battery, domestic battery and aggravated domestic battery Monday.

Knell is innocent until proven guilty.